Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Yellow Jackets vs. Ramblers CBB Odds
Looking for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Yellow Jackets taking on the Ramblers on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Yellow Jackets Ramblers matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(17-8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (24-4)
Date: Friday, March 19th
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Loyola-Chicago -5
CBB Betting Total: 125.5
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Loyola-Chicago is back in the tournament, the darlings of 2018 when they went to the Final Four after a 32-6 regular season record. People are giving the Ramblers credit, as they’re favorites over the ACC tournament champs.
The line has jumped from Loyola -2.5 up to -5. This could be due to a member of the GT travel party testing positive for COVID and the assumption that others will be ruled out as a result.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech getting points in the first round against a Missouri Valley Conference team seems like a gift. This is a team that is red hot, winning their last 8 games including the conference tourney.
Sure the Yellow Jackets missed out on having to play top seeded Virginia because of a positive test to the Cavaliers. GT beat Miami, and then was instantly in the Finals, where they beat Florida State 80-75.
Despite a big break in the conference postseason, Georgia Tech winning 8 straight in the tough ACC is still impressive. They’ve beat Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse over that span – all tournament bound teams.
GT also has the type of electric player that can single-handedly carry the Yellow Jackets in PG Jose Alvarado, the ACC defensive player of the year. Alvarado isn’t even the best player on Georgia Tech, as Moses Wright was named the player of hte year.
Loyola-Chicago comes into this game with the #1 defense in the country allowing just 55.7 points per game. They also played in the MVC though, and had the 108th ranked strength of schedule on the year.
The Ramblers split with Drake in consecutive games in mid-February and then beat the Bulldogs for the MVC championship. Drake is the only tournament team that Loyola played all season.
About that strength of schedule, is that the reason the Loyola defense was so suffocating? We’re about to find out immediately, as Moses Wright has big game potential. Wright was named POY over the likes of Matthew Hurt from Duke and Justin Champagnie of Pitt.
If Wright does struggle, Alvarado pumped in 15.5 ppg and Michael Devoe averages 15.0, including 20 in the ACC championship game vs. Florida State. Devoe has scored at least a dozen in nine straight.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Yellow Jackets are 8-1 ATS last 9 overall
- Yellow Jackets are 7-3 ATS last 10 as an underdog
- Over is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 overall
- Ramblers are 4-1 ATS last 5 NCAA tournament games
- Ramblers are 5-2 ATS last 7 neutral site games
- Over is 6-1 in Ramblers last 7 neutral site games
Free Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers NCAAB Prediction:
If you believe that sort of thing, Loyola-Chicago taking on Illinois in the second round would be a great storyline. Not that the Ramblers need a conspiracy theory to get past Georgia Tech however.
As long as Georgia Tech doesn’t have any player losses due to COVID, the Yellow Jackets have incredible value getting points on Friday.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Georgia Tech +5
The duo of Wright and Alvarado are good enough, but it’s Devoe that could be Yellow Jackets’ best player. The Rambers’ top defense in the country hasn’t seen a trio like that this season.
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