Kansas St. vs Loyola Chicago
NCAA, Elite Eight game
Kansas State against Loyola Chicago and the winner of this game will be the first team to secure Final 4 place.
By all expectations this could be one "ugly" game and by that I mean one very low score. Both play good defenses, both were not too great from the free throw line, so seems this should be another low scoring game. And that means more chance for one very tied contest, after all exactly like the bookmakers expect it (the odds are set pretty much as 50-50).
I really hope it will be very tied and IMO in such game Loyola Chicago hold the edge. Namely this No.11 ranked team on the path to this Elite Eight, in all three games has won very tied. Namely total pts difference in those three victories have been only 4. So, twice it was one point game and once two points win. You can't asked for more tied than that. Plus they were the ones who made late winning shoots, it wasn't the opponent who missed it.
So, after such last seconds victories, you can imagine how high confidence of this team is. And in this age, for me it's means big advantage. They already successfully dealt with big pressure in last seconds, so possible another thriller finish should give advantage to Loyola Chicago.
Also, important note should be the fact Loyola Chicago in all three mentioned games was underdog. As a matter fact, today's opponent is the lowest ranked side they will meet so far. So, at least on paper, this should be the easier opponent among all so far.
And that opponent is No.9 ranked Kansas State. This team was winning thanks to strong defense. They held each of the three previous opponents to no more than 60 pts. But Loyola Chicago is not bad defensive side either. That being said, also under seems like logical choice but the totals for this game are really low.
What could be the big problem for Kansas State is the fact their forward and probably best player, Dean Wade was injured for a while. Though, he showed up in Sweet 16 game against Kentucky, but it was with very limited playing time (8 minutes), so he clearly is not enough fit.
Kansas St. vs Loyola Chicago prediction
|Loyola Chicago +1.5||Nordicbet||1.87||8||62-78 WON (+6.96 units)|