Loyola Chicago’s NCAA tournament run could begin and end this afternoon when they meet Bradley in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The Ramblers are firmly in the bubble discussion for the NCAA tournament but need to show up in St. Louis to solidify a Field of 68 bid (or win the whole thing and automatically qualify). They face a Bradley team that defeated the Ramblers earlier this season and sent them into overtime in the other encounter.
How should we bet this afternoon showdown? Is Bradley a live dog? Or will Loyola Chicago make a mark in her first game Arch Madness? Here are the odds of WynnBET Sportsbook:
In total: 131 (above -110/below -110)
While many may flock to Bradley as a live underdog given their success against Loyola Chicago this season, I don’t buy it.
The Ramblers defense should give the Braves attacks fits given the underdogs in terms of turnover metrics. Brain Wardle’s club ranks in the bottom third for turnover rate nationally, while the Ramblers force TOs in the MVC’s best clip.
On the offensive side, meanwhile, players like Ryan Schwieger and Lucas Williamson should be able to generate enough offense for Loyola to pull away.
Loyola Chicago has the best effective field goal percentage in the conference and can score both inside and outside (runner-up on 3-point percentage, first on 2-point percentage).
I also like that the Ramblers come to the line with a healthy clip, the second-best FTR in the conference, while Bradley is last to reach the charity strip. I see the Ramblers leaving late.
LEAN: Loyola Chicago -6
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