Georgia Tech at Loyola-Chicago: 3/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (24-4) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-8)
Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:00 am (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Loyola Chicago Ramblers will square off at Hinkle Fieldhouse this Friday in 1st round of the NCAA Championship in the Midwest Region.
The 9-seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets come into the NCAA Championship with an overall record of 17-8 while finishing conference play with a 11-6 record. Georgia Tech was outstanding down the stretch of the regular season and was able to secure their bid after defeating the 15th ranked Florida State Seminoles, 80-75, this past Saturday in the ACC Championship. The 11-seed Utah State Aggies come into the NCAA Championship with an overall record of 20-8 while finishing conference play with a 15-4 record. Georgia Tech did a great job of forcing turnovers and was able to hang on late of the victory after taking a 69-62 lead with 1:19 left in regulation. Georgia Tech shot 43.5% from the field and 21.7% from beyond the arc while also winning the turnover battle by a 25-7 margin. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Michael Devoe who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.
On the season, Georgia Tech is averaging 75.5 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia Tech has been led by Moses Wright (17.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.6 bpg), Jose Alvarado (15.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.0 spg), Michael Devoe (15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), & Jordan Usher (11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets have a rebound margin of -3.6 and a turnover margin of 4.8.
The 8-seed Loyola Chicago Ramblers come into the NCAA Championship with an overall record of 24-4 while finishing conference play with a 16-2 record. Loyola Chicago was outstanding throughout the season and had no trouble securing the Missouri Valley Conference Championship after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 75-65, on March 7th. Loyola Chicago led by a 36-31 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 56-39 lead with 9:28 left in regulation. Loyola Chicago shot 59.1% from the field and 58.8% from beyond the arc while Drake shot 43.6% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc. Loyola Chicago lost the turnover battle by a 13-8 margin, however, did outrebound the Bulldogs by a 28-23 margin. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Cameron Krutwig who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, & 2 blocks.
On the season, Loyola Chicago is averaging 71.5 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Chicago has been led by Cameron Krutwig (15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), Lucas Williamson (8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Braden Norris (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, & Aher Uguak (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Loyola Chicago is holding their opponents to an average of 55.5 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Ramblers have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Yellow Jackets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Ramblers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
Loyola Chicago is a very good team that has the best scoring defense in all of College Basketball and an efficient offense that ranks 3rd in FG%, however, I do not think the selection committee did the Ramblers any favors, matching them up against a Georgia Tech team that has won 8 straight games and has looked like one of the better teams in all of College Basketball since mid-February. Loyola Chicago will try to keep this game at a slow pace, however, between the fact that the Yellow Jackets can matchup Moses Wright against the Ramblers best player in Cameron Krutwig and that the Yellow Jackets have proven themselves against much tougher competition than the Ramblers have faced, I think Georgia Tech will be able to pull away in the 2nd half and get this victory. Take Georgia Tech on the money line. Good Luck!
Update (3/19/21) - Moses Wright won't be available for the Yellow Jackets and that changes everything in my opinion in terms of this matchup. The line has gone up to -5.5 for Loyola-Chicago to cover but I like the Ramblers now as Georgia Tech just doesn't have a replacement for Wright who was arguably the best player in the ACC down the stretch.