2018 NCAA Final Four Expert Picks – Ramblers vs Wolverines Prediction
We’re finally down to the Final Four. Loyola Chicago and Michigan are two teams that not many predicted to be in these positions, especially when it comes to Loyola. The Ramblers are the Cinderella team of the tournament that is captivating the nation behind Sister Jean. However, Michigan has certainly earned their spot to compete for a National title. The odds below are listed from Sportsbetting Sportsbook (75% Up To $1000 Welcome Bonus).
Loyola Ramblers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction
It’s been a long absence for Loyola from the NCAA Tournament. They were last in the tournament in the 1984-85 season and are 55 years removed from the program’s only national championship. The Ramblers have won 13 straight games and dominated their competition for much of the tournament.
After narrow wins against Miami and Tennessee in the First and Second Rounds – Loyola rallied dramatically to beat Nevada in the Sweet 16 and dominated Kansas State by a score of 78-62 in the Elite 8.
Michigan ended their year with Big Ten Tournament victory and have been playing some of the best basketball in the tournament so far. The Wolverines took care of Montana in the First Round, but edged out Houston by a single point, winning 64-63. Michigan then blew out the Aggies in the Sweet 16 and held off a late Florida State rally in the Elite 8 to punch their ticket to the Final Four.
Michigan Wolverines – Odds Movement
Michigan opened at -5.5 at most sportsbooks and now sits at -5 or -5.5 with varying juice at offshore sportsbooks. Regarding betting tickets, gamblers have favored Michigan slightly over the Ramblers. The total has gone up a full point or so since opening at 128 points. Bettors have been heavily wagering on the over as opposed to the under.
Loyola Ramblers vs Michigan Wolverines -5 Total: 129.5
Michigan has a clear talent advantage over Loyola, but the two squads should have a similar gameplan due to their style of play and personnel. Both teams rely on defense and a slow pace of play, but during this tournament, we’ve seen both sides run the floor.
I have enjoyed Loyola’s run so far, and they’ve made a great story. They’ve been possessed when it comes shooting the ball, and their resilience has been fantastic. However, there is a clear talent disparity when it comes to the Wolverines. Michigan’s size and defense will be Loyola’s toughest test yet. I think this Cinderella story comes to an end on Saturday evening. I like the favorite in this one and wouldn’t be shocked to see a blowout.