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Oregon State vs. Loyola-Chicago Best Bets

by Corey Parson
Updated On: March 27, 2021, 11:38 am ET

A trip to the Elite Eight is on the line when the 12th seeded Oregon State Beavers take on the 8th seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.   

#12 Oregon State Beavers vs. #8 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (-7) Total:125 

The Oregon State Beavers punched their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen by scoring double-digit victories over Tennessee and Oklahoma State. The Beaver's defense and three-point shooting has been the catalyst to their tournament run, while Oregon State's opponents have shot 13-55 from three through the first two rounds. 

Loyola-Chicago was a trendy pick to make it this far in the tournament, and they have not let their backers down. The Ramblers have held both of their opponents to under 30% shooting from three. Defense is their calling card and the reason they are a seven-point favorite today.

 

This game opened up with the Ramblers as the aforementioned seven-point favorites and while the spread has touched -6.5 a few times, this number has held steady. We have seen the seven juiced to 115 at some shops this morning, and I think we can see a -7.5 at some point before tip-off. If the number does hit 7.5, I will back the Beavers to get the best of the number.

The Total in this game opened up 126.5, was bet down to 125 and has sat there for most of the week. Sharp money is backing the Under in this game and I would expect this number to close at 124.5. Some shops on the strip have already moved that far.

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Edge: Under 125  

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Corey Parson

Corey Parson is an award-winning, multi-sport fantasy and sports betting expert who has worked for SiriusXM, The Athletic, Sports Illustrated and more. He is from Harlem, NY, yet is somehow a Dallas Cowboys fan. You can follow him on Twitter @thefantasyexec.