Ohio State vs Loyola-Chicago: 2022 NCAA Tournament South Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Missouri State at Loyola-Chicago
Jan 22, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; during the second half at Joseph J. Gentile Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 10 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 7 OSU STAT No. 10 LCU
Big Ten Conference Missouri Valley
19-11 Record 25-7
73.8 (115th) Points Per Game 73.8 (114th)
68.5 Points Allowed Per Game 61.7
0.5731 (54th) RPI 0.5821 (41st)
22nd Strength of Schedule 104th
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Ohio State leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) dribbles the ball while Penn State Nittany Lions forward Seth Lundy (1) defends in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • E.J. Liddell, F, JR: 19.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.6 BPG, 37.6% 3PT
  • Malaki Branham, G, FR: 13.3 points, 3.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.5% 3PT

Loyola-Chicago leaders:

Mar 6, 2022; St. Louis, MO, USA; Ramblers guard Lucas Williamson (1) shoots as Drake Bulldogs guard Tucker Devries (12) and forward Tremell Murphy (2) defend during the first half in the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
  • Lucas Williamson, G, SR: 14.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 39.6% 3PT
  • Braden Norris, G, JR: 10.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.9 APG, 43.5% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • OSU Moneyline: -115
  • LCU Moneyline: 105
  • Spread: OSU -1
  • Over/Under: 132.5
  • ATS Record: OSU 15-15, LCU 12-15-1
  • Over/Under Record: OSU 18-12, LCU 17-14

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • The Ramblers will be a trendy pick because of Sister Jean and their run to the Final Four not long ago. They’ve appeared in three of the last four tournaments and have the power of Sister Jean on their side, but be careful not to buy too much into narrative.
  • This Ramblers team is good, no doubt, but they will be tested by likely lottery pick Liddell and a Buckeyes team that ranks 13th in offensive efficiency according to KenPom. Of course, the Ramblers have the 23rd-ranked defense by those same metrics, so they could certainly be up to the task.
  • Both of these teams are also among the nation’s best from behind the arc. The Ramblers rank 8th best in the country with a 38.3% hit rate from deep, but the Buckeyes are not far behind, ranking 27th after shooting 37.3% on their own. The Ramblers do shoot about two threes per game more, which also gives them a slight edge, and they’ve also been better against the three, ranking 68th in three-point defense while the Buckeyes finished 209th.
  • This should be slow-paced too, with Loyola-Chicago playing at the 309th ranked adjusted tempo and Ohio State playing at the 287th. Both teams will look to run a controlled offense and hit from deep, so it could very well be the team whose shooters are on who’s most likely to advance, but the Loyola-Chicago defense may give them an edge.

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