NCAA TOURNAMENT SOUTH REGION ANALYSIS, PICKS, LINES:
The winner takes on either Villanova or Kansas on Monday night for all the marbles. They did win the national championship way back in The next year, they made the Sweet 16 and lost … to Michigan. The schools last played in February Michigan is in the Final Four for the first time since when it lost to Louisville in the national championship game — a title the Louisville program has since had to vacate for NCAA violations committed during that span.
In one regard, Loyola-Chicago has to thank Wichita State for being here. The Shockers were the powerhouse program of the Missouri Valley Conference but left it after last season for better competition in the American Athletic Conference. This team wins with defense, allowing just Loyola-Chicago has stolen the hearts of hardwood fans across America with a Cinderella run in which 3 games have been decided by a combined total of 4 points. Betting on a David vs Goliath match-up is complicated.
Loyola-Chicago has proven itself in the clutch, and if the game is anywhere near close in the 2nd half, the upstarts have more than a fair chance to win. But emotions are involved. Point spreads for college basketball tend to be tight.
Michigan -5 on Saturday evening. But every team that makes it this far in the Big Dance has to win a defensive grudge match along the way.
Moritz Wagner could conceivably prove to be too much for Loyola-Chicago to handle. Just as there is value in the market for Michigan to win by a lot, there could also be an opportunity for bettors who pick Loyola-Chicago to win in a squeaker…or otherwise. But the squad has no major injuries and almost a full week to recover from its clash with KSU. A lone buzzer-beating win is a fluke. Tennessee has three-pointers.
Turner as 68, Schofield has 60 and Jordan Bowden has Donte Ingram hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer to give Loyola Chicago the win in the first round. The Ramblers have five starters in double figures. Clayton Custer is averaging Ingram is averaging Marques Towns is averaging Ingram has made 70 three-pointers this year and is shooting 41 percent from that range.
The team has baskets from behind the arc.