Loyola-Chicago’s magical season continues thanks to a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer against Miami in the Round of 64.
Does the fairy tale end for the 11th-seeded Ramblers against Tennessee or will Cinderella dance into the Sweet 16?
NCAA Tournament Odds and Betting Analysis
The Volunteers were never troubled in the Round of 64 and their 26-point win over Wright State was tied with Villanova for the largest margin of victory among the 16 games played on Thursday. Tennessee improves to 26-8 straight up and 19-13 against the spread this season with the victory.
The defensive effort against Wright State was closer to what bettors have grown to expect from the Volunteers. Tennessee gave up 77 points to Kentucky in the SEC conference title game but allowed just 65.8 points per game during the regular season. The under is 6-2 in the Vols’ last eight games and 19-13 overall.
Loyola-Chicago is riding an 11-game win streak and is 18-1 straight up over its last 19 contests. The Ramblers have now racked up 20 ATS wins among their 30-lined games. The under is 6-0 in their last six games and 18-12 on the season.
The Ramblers are 29-5 on the season and 27-2 in games with leading scorer Clayton Cluster in the lineup. Custer was injured during a stretch in December when the team lost three of four games. This is Loyola-Chicago’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1985 when it made it all the way to the Sweet 16.
The Vols were regular season co-champions along with Auburn in the SEC – a feat that’s looking more impressive after the first day of March Madness. SEC teams went 4-0 on Thursday and Texas A&M won the early game on Friday.
Tennessee is led by forwards Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. Williams is a bruiser in the paint and an effective post-up player. The sophomore is tops on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game. Schofield is undersized but makes up for his lack of height at forward in strength. He’s also a threat from outside and hits from 3-point land at a 39-percent clip.