Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Michigan Wolverines Free Final Four Pick - Odds and Predictions

March 31, 6:05 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Michigan -5

The time we have all been waiting for is finally here. Welcome to the Final Four. A trip to the National Championship Game is on the line when the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers and the Michigan Wolverines square off on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 6:05 PM ET. These two teams have never met before previous to this engagement. The two teams enter off eyebrow-raising wins in the Elite Eight. For Loyola-Chicago, the storied run continues. After navigating a brutal stretch in the early rounds of action, the Ramblers had made it past their toughest test when they dominantly defeated Kansas State by a score of 78-62. The Ramblers had won their First Round, Second Round, and Sweet Sixteen contests by a margin of just three points combined. Michigan enters off a 58-54 win against Florida State in their Elite Eight bout. As mentioned previously, Michigan is also the champion of the B1G Conference which caused quite a stir for this outfit as it entered the competition.

Straight Up and Against the Point Spread Records

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 31-6 SU, 23-9 ATS
Michigan Wolverines, 32-7 SU, 24-12 ATS

Michigan at Loyola Chicago Key Betting Trends

  • Michigan is 13-0 SU in their last thirteen games.
  • Loyola-Chicago is 14-0 SU in their last fourteen matches.
  • Loyola-Chicago is 23-8-1 ATS in the previous 32 games.
  • Loyola-Chicago is 4-0 ATS in March Madness.

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Public Money

In the early stages, we have seen the consensus take a strong lean on the Ramblers. As a result, we have seen the line move downward by 1.5 points. In some forums, in particular, we have seen 70% of the consensus like Loyola-Chicago. This is a common phenomenon we’d expect to experience given the Cinderella narrative that surrounds the Ramblers. Presently, 52% of the cash is on the Ramblers while the Maize and Blue are taking back 54% of the tickets. In Over/Under markets, the number has risen by 3.5 points to reflect heavy steam on the Over. This number increase reinforced in the betting volume with 76% of the cash and 78% of the ticket action coming in on the Over. On the Money Line, Michigan is a -240 favorite while the Ramblers are a +200 dog.

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction 03/31/2018

Everyone loves a Cinderella team. So far, Loyola-Chicago has fit the bill. The Ramblers have an opportunity to flirt with history here as it is seldom that an eleven seed makes it this far. Given the empowering story of the Ramblers, the public is bound to bet with their heart here. As much as we appreciate the sentiment, it is a dangerous position to take. Michigan's defense has been the catalyst for the Wolverines to win at will. This team is hitting its peak at the right time, and we get an opportunity to take them back here at a short price. Swallow the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Michigan -5 (KF)

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