Georgia Tech vs Loyola Preview and Betting Pick: After more than 700 days, the NCAA Tournament is finally back, and it should be another exciting and unpredictable event. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are back in the NCAA Tournament field, looking for another Cinderella run.
Loyola was given the number 8 seed in the Midwest Region after winning the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The Ramblers are set to take on the ACC Champion, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, in the first round on Friday.
Loyola-Chicago brings a 24-4 record into the NCAA Tournament, and they have won six straight games. Georgia Tech is riding an 8-game winning streak into this matchup with the Ramblers, including a surprising run through the ACC Tournament.
Both of these teams are not expected to make a deep run in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but this should be one of the best games of the opening weekend. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are 5.5-point favorites over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in this 8-9 matchup.
Georgia Tech vs Loyola Preview and Betting Pick: Yellow Jackets Short-Handed
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets arrived in Indianapolis with a ton of momentum, but they were delivered some crushing news this week. Star forward Moses Wright will not play in this game against Loyola-Chicago, and will likely miss the entire weekend if they advance.
Wright took over for the Yellow Jackets in the ACC Tournament and leads the team with more than 17 points per game. This will force Georgia Tech to play a much smaller lineup against Loyola, and stopping the Ramblers big man could be a big challenge.
Georgia Tech is scoring more than 75 points per game, but they are also allowing 70 points per game. The Yellow Jackets want to play extremely fast, but they might not have the depth to do so without Wright.
The Yellow Jackets have faced a much tougher schedule than Loyola-Chicago, and that could have them prepared for the NCAA Tournament. Georgia Tech has played the underdog role well this season, and they must find a way to do it again.
Georgia Tech vs Loyola Preview and Betting Pick: Ramblers Don’t Wanna Run
College basketball has turned into an offensive game, but that is simply not the way Loyola-Chicago operates. The Ramblers are going to walk the ball up the court, and they will try to win this game with their defense.
Loyola is holding opponents to just 55 points per game, and that defense is the reason that they are a real threat in this tournament. With that said, they are no longer facing Missouri Valley Conference competition, and they will likely give up some points.
The Ramblers score 71 points per game, and they are extremely efficient on the offensive end of the floor. Center Cameron Krutwig is averaging 15 points per game, and he is a real problem on the offensive block.
Loyola is shooting 36 percent from the three-point line this season, and they will need to shoot it well against Georgia Tech. The Ramblers are also looking for another player to step up and provide some support for Krutwig.
Georgia Tech vs Loyola Preview and Betting Pick: Fighting Illini Await Ramblers
Loyola Chicago is catching a huge break with the injury to Moses Wright. Wright had a chance to carry the Yellow Jackets to an upset win in this game, but Georgia Tech will desperately miss his scoring.
Don’t expect a ton of scoring in this game, and that plays right into the hands of the Ramblers.
The Fighting Illini await Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers had better be careful what they wish for. It’s always a great feeling to win a game in the NCAA Tournament, but Loyola-Chicago had better get back to work and prepare for a real battle on Sunday.
Bet the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers -5.5 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Midwest Region.
Georgia Tech 64
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