Can Tennessee cover 5.5 vs. Loyola? 3/17/18

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Updated: March 17, 2018

Loyola vs. Tennessee Prediction

NCAA Predictions: Can Tennessee cover 5.5 vs. Loyola? 3/17/18

Will No. 3 Tennessee put up another lofty win in the NCAA Tournament when the Vols take on No. 11 Loyola tonight?

GAME SNAPSHOT

NCAA Tournament South Region: (531) Loyola vs. (532) Tennessee

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

TV: TNT, 6:10PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Tennessee is favored in this game, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -5.5 points against Loyola. The over/under total is currently listed at 130.5 points.

LINE MOVEMENT

The opening spread for this game had Tennessee as a 6-point favorite against Loyola. The spread dipped to a low of 5 points before settling in at 5.5. The over/under total opened at 129.5 points but quickly made the climb up to 130.5.

Bet on College Basketball for Saturday, March 17, 2018

PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

The public is behind Tennessee for this game. As of Saturday morning, the Volunteers are getting 68 percent of the wagers on this game as the favorite against Loyola.

KEY INJURIES

Both teams come into this game healthy, with neither team having a player listed on the injury report for Saturday.

BETTING STRATEGIES

Tennessee looked as good as anyone in the opening round, defeating Wright State 73-47, easily covering an 11.5-point spread. Loyola continued its long winning streak with a 64-62 victory over Miami as a 1.5-point underdog.

While I like what Loyola was able to do against Miami, the Hurricanes seemed like a team primed for upset. Tennessee is playing at a much higher level and has an offense that should be able to deal with this Ramblers’ defense.

Tennessee is 13-6 against the spread away from home and the Vols have a defense that is holding opponents to just 62 per game over their last five. I like the Volunteers to take care of business again today for a cover.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: TENNESSEE -5.5



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