Loyola-Chicago at Auburn: 11/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago at Auburn: 11/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Tigers (3-1) vs Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (4-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 2:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)

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The 19th ranked Auburn Tigers & Loyola Chicago Ramblers will square off at Imperial Arena this Thursday afternoon in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.

The 19th ranked Auburn Tigers dropped to 3-1 on the season after being defeated by the 22nd ranked UConn Huskies, 115-109 (2OT), yesterday afternoon. Auburn was able to fight back from a double-digit deficit midway through the 2nd half to force OT, however, the Tigers could not pull off the victory after a 9-0 Huskies run in the 2nd OT gave UConn a 109-100 lead with Just 1:01 left in 2OT. Auburn shot 43.2% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc while allowing UConn to shoot 49.3% from the field & 57.7% from beyond the arc. Auburn won the turnover battle by a 24-14 margin, however, was outrebounded by UConn by a 48-35 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was K.D. Johnson who had 27 points, 1 assist, & 5 steals.

Coming into their game against UConn, Auburn was averaging 76.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by K.D. Johnson (18.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.8 spg), Jabari Smith (15.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.0 bpg), Wendell Green Jr. (13.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Jaylin Williams (9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg).

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Defensively, prior to their game against UConn, Auburn was holding their opponents to an average of 57.0 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 4.7.

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers dropped to 4-1 on the season after being defeated by the Michigan State Spartans, 63-61, yesterday afternoon. Loyola Chicago led by a 28-23 margin at halftime, however, the Ramblers defense struggled a bit in the 2nd half and Michigan State was able to pull off the dramatic victory on a Marcus Bingham Jr. game-winning alley-oop dunk with just 3.4 seconds left in regulation. Loyola Chicago shot 37.3% from the field & 35.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Michigan State to shoot 46.2% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc. Loyola Chicago won the turnover battle by a 20-14 margin, however, was outrebounded by the Spartans by a 36-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Lucas Williamson who had 16 points & 8 rebounds.

Coming into their game against Michigan State, Loyola Chicago was averaging 91.0 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field. The Ramblers were averaging 11.8 three-pointers per game on 45.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Chicago has been led by Ryan Schwieger (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), Aher Uguak (12.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Lucas Williamson (11.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), & Braden Norris (9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, prior to their game against Michigan State, Loyola Chicago was holding their opponents to an average of 60.2 ppg on 37.1% shooting from the field. The Ramblers had a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 6.8.

The Tigers are 3-1-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral stie games. The Ramblers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral stie games as an underdog & 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Auburn is a solid team, however, it’s always hard to bounce back from a double-OT loss and I think the offense might have trouble getting things going against a Loyola Chicago team that we know will try to slow things down and run an efficient offense. Loyola Chicago has the size to compete down low and as  I think this will be another game that comes down to the final possession, I think the play here is to take Loyola Chicago and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Loyola Chicago Ramblers +3

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