Loyola-Chicago (9-19) at Missouri State (18-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 25, 8:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: JQH Arena (11,000) -- Springfield, Missouri. Television: None. Home Record: Loyola-Chicago 8-5, Missouri State 13-2. Away Record: Loyola-Chicago 0-13, Missouri State 4-7. Neutral Record: Loyola-Chicago 1-1, Missouri State 1-1. Conference Record: Loyola-Chicago 4-12, Missouri State 8-8. Series Record: Loyola-Chicago leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will try to put an end to their four- game losing streak as they travel to face the Missouri State Bears in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at JQH Arena.
Loyola-Chicago has lost four straight games and seven of its last eight altogether. The Ramblers were dropped by Bradley, 55-38, in a horrible offensive display Saturday night. Loyola-Chicago sits at 4-12 in the MVC with two games left to play on the regular-season schedule.
Missouri State put a stop to a two-game skid with a 77-66 victory over Indiana State Saturday afternoon. The Bears, who began the season at 10-2, but have since gone 8-8 once conference play started, sit eight games back of conference leader Wichita State.
Loyola-Chicago has won the only two games played between these two new conference foes. The Ramblers took an earlier decision, 89-57, back on Jan. 5.
It was an extremely tough night offensively for Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, as the Ramblers connected on just 26.5 percent of their field-goal tries in the contest, including 5.6 percent from 3-point range. Bradley held a slight lead at the intermission, 19-17, and went on to build that lead in the second frame. No Ramblers player netted a double-digit point total in the loss. Christian Thomas scored nine points to pace the team, adding five rebounds. Nick Osborne grabbed a team-high eight boards.
Milton Doyle, who scored just seven points in the loss Saturday night, leads the Ramblers in scoring with a 15.6 ppg average. Doyle is hitting 43.5 percent of his shot attempts this year, with a team-high 95 assists and 36 steals. Thomas checks in at second in scoring with 13.5 ppg, and Jeff White is third with 10.1 ppg. Thomas' 6.4 rpg average leads the team.
Missouri State led for the entire game Saturday against Indiana State, aided by 20 second-half free throws that helped down the Sycamores by 11 points. Austin Ruder scored 15 points to lead the Bears, while Jarmar Gulley added 14 with nine rebounds and four assists. Ron Mvouika contributed 12 points of his own in the win, in which the Bears shot 44.7 percent from the floor.
Gulley leads the team in scoring this season with a 15.1 ppg average on 47.7 percent shooting from the field. Gulley has been a well-rounded player for the Bears in his 28 games played, adding a team-leading 6.3 rpg with 43 assists, 10 blocked shots and a team-high 45 steals. Marcus Marshall, who has only played in 12 games this year after undergoing right knee surgery, is the only other player to average double figures in points for the Bears. Ruder is second among active MSU players with 8.9 ppg. Dorrian Williams is the Bears leader in assists with 95 total.
If Loyola-Chicago has another offensive showing anywhere close to its last outing, the Ramblers are in for a rough end to the season. Missouri State's 71 ppg average should be plenty to down the Ramblers Tuesday in Springfield.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Missouri State 74, Loyola-Chicago 61
02/25 10:24:33 ET