The #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will face off against the #3 Michigan Wolverines in a Final Four NCAA Tournament matchup on March 31st at 6:09pm. The winner of this vegas odds matchup will face the winner of the game between Villanova versus Kansas which follows this betting trends opening game.
The Ramblers (+215) ended the regular season first in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 32-5 record. Loyola-Chicago pushed their way through the tournament beating Miami, Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas State to secure a chance in the Final Four. Guard Clayton Custer leads the team with 13 points per game and 4 assists. Custer shot 53% on field goals and 76% from the line on the season. Ingram, Townes, and Jackson also average 11 points per game and are shooting at an average of 53%. on field goals. The Ramblers average 72 points per betting odds game and allow 62 points by opponents. Loyola-Chicago players have made 60% of their two pointers during the tournament. The Ramblers guards will have to use their speed and agility to penetrate the Wolverine defense. The Vegas odds makers favorite for this free sports pick matchup is the Michigan Wolverines at -5(-110) and the road dog Loyola-Chicago at +5(-110). The game total is listed at 130(-110) for the over/under bettor.
The Michigan Wolverines (-255) were victorious in their match ups against Montana, Houston, Texas A & M and Florida State. The Wolverines (32-7) have been in this position before and ultimately lost in the championship game five years ago to Louisville. The odds favorite Wolverine defense cannot be penetrated as of late but the offense has had its up and downs. The Wolverines are on a 13 game winning streak even with their subpar performances on offense. There defense is the highest rank of all four Final Four teams.The Tournament stats for Michigan shows them shooting 62% field goals and 58% three pointers vs Texas A&M then they shot 39% on field goals and 18% on three pointers versus Florida State. Michigan has to play like they did in the Texas A&M final odds matchup if they want to secure a spot in the Championships. Moritz Wagner leads the team with 14 points per game. He is backed up by Matthews and Abdur-Rahkman at 13 and 12 respectively. If Loyola-Chicago is looking to continue their quest to be best they need to put points on the board and defensively throw their opponents shooters off.
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