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Georgia Tech vs. Loyola-Chicago Predictions, Odds, Preview


Mar. 19, 2021
David Schwab
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Georgia Tech vs. Loyola-Chicago Predictions

Loyola Chicago has been opened as a 2.5-point favorite for Friday’s matchup at 4 p.m. (ET) on TBS. The total line for this game has been set at 126 points.

Georgia Tech is an unexpected No. 9 seed for this tournament after winning the recent ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets posted a straight-up 11-6 conference record as part of its 17-8 record overall.

There is no doubt that Loyola Chicago is the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference at 16-2 SU in conference play. It brings a SU six-game winning streak into this tournament as added momentum. This matchup pits an excellent Mid-Major program against a middle-of-the-road major. Take the Ramblers SU and ATS.

You can also bet the UNDER on the already low total line. The Ramblers are giving up an average of just 55.5 points per game.

  • Score Prediction: Loyola-Chicago 64 Georgia Tech 60
  • Best Bets - Side: Loyola-Chicago -2.5
  • Best Bets - Total: UNDER 126

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Georgia Tech vs. Loyola-Chicago Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Loyola-Chicago -2.5
  • Total: 126
  • Money-Line: Georgia Tech -135 Loyola-Chicago +115

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First Round Predictions

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Handicapping Georgia Tech vs, Loyola-Chicago

You have to give credit to Georgia Tech for its current SU eight-game winning streak and its 80-75 victory over Florida State in the ACC title game. However, you also have to heavily discount the ACC as a true conference power this season.

The Yellow Jackets needed to shoot lights out against the Seminoles to secure that win. That will be tough to duplicate against a superior defense this Friday.

Loyola Chicago plays the majority of its games off the radar of the betting public. The Ramblers have just one SU loss in their last 18 games and it came against Drake which is also in the NCAA Tournament. Winners tend to win in the single-elimination format of this tournament.

  • Region: Midwest
  • Matchup: 8 vs. 19
  • Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Date: Mar. 19, 2021
  • TV-Time: TBS - 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Handicapping Resources: March Madness Central | NCAA Consensus Picks

Betting Stats & Analysis - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

Georgia Tech is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games overall, and 6-1 ATS in its last seven games played on a Saturday. It went 8-4 ATS in 12 games this season closing as an underdog.

The total has gone OVER in four of the Yellow Jackets’ last five games. It went OVER or ended as a PUSH in 15 of their 25 games this season.

Seed: 9
Conference: ACC
Bid: At-large

  • SU: 17-8
  • ATS: 15-10
  • O/U: 14-10-1
  • Current Form (Last 5): 5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS, 4-1 O/U
  • Notable Wins: UNC, Clemson, FSU (x2), Syracuse, Duke
  • PS/G: 75.5 (76th)
  • PA/G: 70 (173rd)
  • Off Rtg: 108 (63rd)
  • Def Rtg: 100.1 (177th)

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Betting Stats & Analysis - Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

Loyola Chicago is 4-6 ATS over its last 10 games as part of a 16-9-1 record ATS this season. In 11 road games this season, it went 7-3-1 ATS. It was 3-1 ATS in four neutral-site games on the year.

The total has stayed UNDER in 13 of the Ramblers’ last 18 games, but it has gone OVER in four of their last five games against a team from the ACC.

Seed: 8
Conference: MVC
Bid: Auto

  • SU: 24-4
  • ATS: 16-9-1
  • O/U: 12-14
  • Current Form (Last 5): 5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS, 2-3 O/U
  • Notable Wins: Drake (x2), North Texas
  • PS/G: 71.5 (169th)
  • PA/G: 55.5 (1st)
  • Off Rtg: 111 (26th)
  • Def Rtg: 86.2 (2nd)

First Round Predictions

Friday's Late Action - Mar. 19
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Key Players to Watch

Guards’ Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe are each scoring more than 15 PPG. Alvarado is shooting 50.6% from the field and Devoe has converted on 40.1% of his shots from three-point range Loyola-Chicago.

Center Cameron Krutwig leads the Ramblers across the board this season with 15.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game. Guards’ Lucas Williamson and Braden Norris are each averaging eight points a game while shooting better than 42% from the field.

  • GT - Jose Alvarado (15.3 PPG, 4.1 APG)
  • LOYC - Cameron Krutwig (15 PPG, 6.7 RPG)
  • LOYC - Lucas Williamson (8.2 PPG)

March Madness Records & Trends

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

  • All-Time Record: 23-16
  • Last Appearance: 2010
  • Deepest Run: Final Runner-up (2004)

-- Georgia Tech has lost four of its last six NCAA Tournament games.
-- Georgia Tech has won at least one games in a NCAA Tournament in 11 of its last 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
-- Georgia Tech has covered the spread in eight of its last nine games.
-- Georgia Tech has gone OVER the point total in four of its last five games.

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

  • All-Time Record: 13-5
  • Last Appearance: 2018
  • Deepest Run: Champion (1963)

-- Loyola-Chicago has reached the Sweet 16 in two straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
-- Loyola-Chicago has failed to allow 70 points or more in eight straight NCAA Tournament games.
-- Loyola-Chicago has won six of its last eight NCAA Tournament games.
-- Loyola-Chicago has been eliminated by a school seeded. No. 3 or lower in two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, losing by 12 points in both games.
-- Loyola-Chicago has covered the spread in three of its last four games when playing on a neutral court.
-- Loyola-Chicago has gone UNDER the point total in five of its last seven games.

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