Loyola-Maryland at Colgate - 3/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola-Maryland at Colgate - 3/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Colgate Raiders (13-1) vs Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds (6-10)

Game Info: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Alumni Hall)

Betting Odds: Colgate Raiders -9.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds will be facing the Colgate Raiders in the Patriot League Tournament final this Sunday. This will be the first time the two have faced this season.

The Colgate Raiders head into this game having won 12 in a row. In the conference semifinals, the Raiders cruised past the Bucknell Bison on their way to a 105-75 win. Colgate shot 52.6% from the field, and 57.9% from deep. They had assists on 25 of their 41 makes in the game. Keegan Records led the offense with 21 points and also came away with 8 rebounds. The Raiders dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bison 50-28. Colgate is averaging 86.4 points per game this season, while allowing 68.4 to the opposition. Jordan Burns leads the team with 17.1 points and 5.5 assists per game.

Loyola will come into this game having won both of their tournament games, most recently coming away with a 67-63 win over Army in the semifinals. The Greyhounds shot 50% from the field in the game, and 45.5% from three. Fourteen of their 26 field goals came via assist. Santi Aldama had a monster game with 33 points and 12 rebounds to lead the team. Cameron Spencer also chipped in wtih 16 points and 7 rebounds. Loyola limited Army to 14.3% shooting from beyond the arc, and outrebounded them 38-27. The Greyhounds are averaging 72.1 points per game and giving up 70.1 to their opponents. Santi Aldama has been their best player all year, averaging 21.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, all leading the team.

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Loyola is 7-9 ATS this season, 5-5 ATS in their last 10, and 3-5 ATS as the underdog. Colgate is 9-5 ATS this season, 6-4 ATS in their last 10, and 4-4 ATS at home.

Loyola has come away with two wins in a row on the road this tournament, but that streak will come to an end here. Colgate has been on a tear, beating teams by an average of 17.5 points during their 12 game winning streak. Colgate has multiple people that can score, with Burns doing an efficient job running the show. They will find a way to slow down Aldama, and in turn cruise to a conference title. Give me Colgate to cover.

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Joe’s Pick Colgate Raiders -9.5

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