Georgia Tech vs. Loyola Chicago Odds & Picks: Sharps Fading The Yellow Jackets in NCAA Tournament

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  • There is plenty of sharp action on the tournament's most compelling 8-9 matchup.
  • Loyola Chicago is one of the tournament's analytical darlings and appear to be on of the best in the field of 64.
  • Here's where the action is headed on the Friday matchup.

Georgia Tech vs. Loyola Chicago College Basketball Odds

Georgia Tech Odds +5.5
Loyola Chicago Odds -5.5
Over/Under 124.5
Time | Channel 4:00 p.m. ET | TBS
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The Loyola Chicago Ramblers have the clear distinction of being the most underseeded team in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Ramblers went 24-4 overall and absolutely dominated their conference, with their two conference losses coming to the offensively impressive Drake squad and Indiana State.

Loyola Chicago should be favored against the Yellow Jackets, who have some impressive individual talent but are nowhere near the cohesive unit that Loyola is under head coach Porter Moser.

Georgia Tech has won eight games in a row but has had two games canceled within that same stretch, including a big-time matchup with ACC Tournament No. 1 seed Virginia, who were subsequently eliminated for a positive COVID-19 test.

Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner, signature face shield and all, is an excellent motivator who gets the most out of his offensively potent team. Georgia Tech has a top-25 offense but is dealing with a Loyola team that has the third-ranked Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, per KenPom.

In a matchup of strength vs. strength, our PRO Report suggests the big bucks are backing the Ramblers to take care of business on Friday. Let’s take a look.

Georgia Tech vs. Loyola Chicago Pick

 

Sharp Action

The line for Georgia Tech-Loyola opened up at Loyola -2.5 before it was pushed up to -5.5 ahead of Friday’s game.

Since March 14, there have been four Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on the Ramblers, backing up the sharp action moving the spread.

Big Money

At the time of this writing, the 48% of bettors backing Loyola have generated 77% of the money wagered on Friday’s game, which is a big indicator of the sharp action backing the Ramblers.

PRO Systems 

This game fits into our NCAA Tournament: Fading Trendy Underdogs PRO System, which has a 58% win rate and 13% Return On Investment (ROI) since 2015.

PRO Report Pick: Loyola -5.5 (-110)

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