Loyola Chicago visits Illinois State after Williamson’s 27-point game

Loyola Chicago Ramblers (20-5, 11-4 MVC) at Illinois State Redbirds (11-16, 4-11 MVC)

Normal, Ill.; Monday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Loyola Chicago visits the Illinois State Redbirds after Lucas Williamson scored 27 points in Loyola Chicago’s 83-76 loss to the Drake Bulldogs.

The Redbirds are 10-5 in home games. Illinois State is 5-12 against opponents over .500.

The Ramblers are 11-4 in MVC play. Loyola Chicago is averaging 74.1 points and outscoring opponents by 11.8 points per game.

The teams are playing for the 10th time in conference this season. The Ramblers won the last meeting 78-64 on February 3. Williamson scored 27 points to help lead the Ramblers to victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Josiah Strong is shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc with 2.6 3-pointers per game for the Redbirds, while averaging 11.6 points. Antonio Reeves is averaging 12.4 points over the last 10 games for Illinois State.

Braden Norris is averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 assists for the Ramblers. Williamson is averaging 10.9 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 47.0 percent over the past 10 games for Loyola Chicago.

LAST 10 GAMES: Redbirds: 2-8, averaged 70.1 points, 30.6 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 6.3 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 71.2 points per game.

Ramblers: 6-4, averaged 68.2 points, 28.6 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 5.8 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Their opponents average 64.6 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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