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Miami vs. Loyola-Chicago - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (28-5) at Miami Hurricanes (22-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -2 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds

TV: TruTV

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and Miami Hurricanes meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers enter this tournament on a 10-game winning streak and just won the MVC Tournament. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are averaging 71.7 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 62 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Clayton Custer is averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 assists while Donte Ingram is averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marques Townes is the third double-digit scorer and Aundre Jackson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.2 rebounds per game. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are 5-0 SU on neutral site games this season.

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Miami vs. Loyola-Chicago - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Hurricanes enter this tournament playing inconsistent ball and have split their last eight games. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 74.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 43 percent shooting. Dewan Huell is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while Lonnie Walker IV is averaging 11.5 points and two assists. Bruce Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Lykes is dishing 2.4 assists. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Hurricanes are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won three of their last five neutral site games.

The Ramblers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Hurricanes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The under is 9-2-1 in Hurricanes last 12 neutral site games and the under is 5-0 in Ramblers last 5 overall.

It's tough to bet against Jim Larrañaga in the tournament, as he's one of the better coaches in the field and will have his guys ready. This is also a talented Miami squad that has shown flashes of being capable of making a run in the big dance. The problem is the Miami Hurricanes finished shaky down the stretch and aren't the same team without Bruce Brown on the court. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are a really good defensive team that's lost just twice since 2018, and they are led by five different players capable of giving you double-digit points. If Miami can't hit outside shots, this is going to be a short tournament. I'll take my free bucket with the Ramblers.

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