Loyola-Chicago vs. Bradley - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bradley Braves (20-12) at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (26-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Missouri Valley conference tournament semifinals action on Saturday as the Bradley Braves square off against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.
The Bradley Braves will be looking to advance to the conference championship game after taking down Drake by a final score of 63-61 in their last outing. Darrell Brown led the Braves with 24 points on 9 of 20 shooting with 4 threes, while Donte Thomas added 13 points with 14 rebounds for the double-double. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Bradley in the win. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 13.3 points and 4.5 assists per game while Thomas leads the Braves in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game. As a team, Bradley is scoring 67.9 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 70.9% from the foul line this season.
USA TODAY Sports
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will also be looking to punch their ticket to the title game as the top seed after defeating Northern Iowa in their last outing by a final score of 54-50. Donte Ingram and Marques Townes tied for the team-high with 13 points apiece as the only two Ramblers to score in double figures in the winning effort. Ingram shot 5 of 7 with 3 threes and a team-high 8 assists while Townes shot 6 of 12 from the field. Ben Richardson also chipped in 9 points with a team-high 5 assists and 4 steals in the win while Cameron Krutwig chipped in 8 points and 3 blocks as well for the Ramblers. Ingram leads Loyola-Chicago with an average of 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while Townes leads the Ramblers with 2.4 assists per game. As a team, Loyola-Chicago is scoring 73 points per game while owning the 3rd-best field goal percentage in the country, shooting 51.2% from the field, in addition to a 40.2% mark from 3-point range and 73% from the foul line this season.
Bradley is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-3 in their last 9 games overall. Loyola-Chicago is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall while the under is 14-7 in their last 21 games overall.
Bradley proved me wrong with a win over Drake, but the Braves do have a win over the Ramblers this season. However that win came at home where Bradley was dominant, and while the Braves certainly have a shot here, I’m leaning towards the Ramblers who have proved to be the best in the conference to this point, but I need to see a line before making my final pick, so please check back when a line is released for your free pick.