Loyola-Chicago vs Miami Preview and Prediction
Loyola-Chicago vs Miami Preview
In what is becoming a hot pick for an upset the 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers take on the 6th-seeded Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Ramblers are a dangerous team coming out of the Missouri Valley Conference, they won both the regular season and conference tournament en route to a 28-5 record. They have won 18 of their last 19 games and are one of the hottest teams in the Tournament currently. Loyola-Chicago boasts a balanced attack with five players averaging double-digits, doing a wonderful job of moving the ball around for the right shot.
Ramblers double figures crew
Clayton Custer: 13.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.3 APG
Donte Ingram: 11.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG
Marques Townes: 11.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.4 APG
Aundre Jackson: 10.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG
Cameron Krutwig: 10.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.7 APG
As you can see, Loyola-Chicago has a balanced team which will make it difficult for the Hurricanes to focus on one player to stop.
Can Miami Get back on track?
The Hurricanes got past a late-season lull to beat North Carolina on the road, but lost to the Tar Heels in the tournament. It’s not a high-powered scoring team, but it’s able to overcome the lack of punch with a great defense and a deep bench.
The Hurricanes have a three-way attack on offense, featuring Lonnie Walker IV (11.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 APG), Dewan Huell (11.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.0 BPG) and Bruce Brown Jr. (11.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.0 APG).
Miami doesn’t have an elite offense, but they make up for it on the glass and all-out effort on defense. The third player listed above, Bruce Brown Jr. is expected to miss the NCAA Tournament due to a left foot injury. It is also a crushing blow to the Canes, who took full advantage of his leadership, rebounding and scoring during his tenure with the team.
LINE: -2.5 Miami
Without Bruce Brown Jr. the Hurricanes aren’t the same team they were earlier in the season. The Ramblers are a popular upset pick and rightfully so–their opponents can’t afford to focus on shutting down one player because all five in the starting lineup are dangerous in multiple facets of the game.
Loyola-Chicago 74 Miami 67