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Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan - 3/31/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (32-5) at Michigan Wolverines (32-7)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 6:09 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Michigan Wolverines -6.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5
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NCAA BB | Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (32-5) at Michigan Wolverines (32-7)

Coming up from Alamodome on Saturday evening, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Michigan Wolverines will be matching up in NCAA Tournament Final Four action. 

Michigan enters this game with a 32-7 record overall. So far in the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines have dispatched Montana, Houston, Texas A&M and most recently Florida State. In that one, Michigan’s Charles Matthews put up 17 points. 

On the year, Mortiz Wagner is the Wolverines’ leading scorer with 14.3 PPG and 6.9 RPG, while Matthews has 13.0 PPG. Also in double-figures for Michigan is Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman with 12.8 PPG. 

Over on the Loyola side, they’re sitting at 32-5 on the season. The Ramblers have been the Cinderella team of choice through this tournament, taking out Miami, Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas State—with that last game being the only one decided by more than two points. 

Heading up the scoring for Loyola this year is Clayton Custer with 13.2 PPG and Donte Ingram has 11.3 PPG with 6.3 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Ramblers are Marques Townes (11.2 PPG), Aundre Jackson (11.0 PPG) and Cameron Krutwig (10.3 PPG; 6.1 RPG). 

The Ramblers are 4-0 ATS in their last four NCAA Tournament games and 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. Loyola is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven versus the Big Ten and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 overall. 

Meanwhile, Michigan is 3-1-2 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games and 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games. The Wolverines are also 34-16-3 ATS in their last 53 overall and 35-17-4 in their last 56 neutral-site games. 

Michigan has been pretty impressive over this tournament, and they’ve won games in just about every fashion from blowouts to last-second miracle shots. As for Loyola, it’s fair to say no one saw them coming since they really didn’t play many teams of consequence during the regular season. The Ramblers have a handful of legitimate scorers this year however, and may very well be able to hang around here. Still, I’m going with the Wolverines—but if the line were much thicker I wouldn’t make that choice.

Michigan Wolverines -6.5

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