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Loyola-Chicago vs. Bradley - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago at Bradley
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:35 PM (EST)
Enterprise Center
St. Louis, MO
The Line
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 120
TV Channel
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The Bradley Braves and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will square off at the Enterprise Center in the Semifinals of the MVC Men’s Tournament this Saturday afternoon.

The 5-seed Bradley Braves improved to 18-14 (9-9 MVC) on the season after defeating the 4-seed Missouri State Bears this Friday night in the Quarterfinals of the MVC Men’s Championship. Bradley trailed by a 29-22 margin at halftime, however, the offense was able to figure out the tough Missouri State defense in the 2nd half and was able pull away after a 9-0 Braves run gave Bradley a 56-49 lead with 2:19 left in regulation. Bradley shot 46.5% from the field and outrebounded Missouri State by a 31-21 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Braves was Darrell Brown who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Going into their game against Missouri State, Bradley was averaging 67.5 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Braves were averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bradley has been led by Darrell Brown (15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Elijah Childs (12.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Nate Kennell (9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Defensively, Bradley was holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Braves had a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

The 1-seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers made quick work of the 9-seed Valparaiso Crusaders and easily advanced to the Semifinals of the MVC Men’s Championship after defeating Valparaiso by a 67-54 margin on Friday. Loyola-Chicago was outstanding on both sides of the ball and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 40-18 halftime lead. Loyola-Chicago shot 51.9% from the field while holding Valparaiso to just 36.2% shooting from the field and 26.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Cameron Krutwig who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Going into their game against Valparaiso, Loyola-Chicago is averaging 66.2 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Ramblers were averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Marques Townes (15.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Cameron Krutwig (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 apg), Clayson Custer (11.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Lucas Williamson (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, Loyola-Chicago was holding their opponents to an average of 60.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Ramblers had a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Braves are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games and 14-17 ATS overall on the season. The Ramblers are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games and 15-16 ATS on the season.

Loyola-Chicago and Bradley split the season series, but it was the Ramblers who won the meeting last week, dropping 81 points and shooting 58.7 percent from the field. While it's just been three wins in a row, Loyola-Chicago is starting to show flashes of being the team it was last year in tournament play, getting after it defensively and moving the ball offensively, settling for nothing but good shots. If the Ramblers keep this up, Bradley doesn't have the horses offensively to hang in this game very long.

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -4.5

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