Sweet 16 picks: Part 1

11 Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. 7 Nevada Wolfpack (-1.5)

Cinderella rules the South region of the NCAA tournament, where Loyola-Chicago will take on Nevada in a Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night in Atlanta.

The Ramblers and Sister Jean have stolen the hearts of the viewing public.  An under estimated, in my opinion and under seeded Rambler squad play grind it out team basketball.  They have multiple players that can beat you on any night.  Mo Valley player of the year Clayton Custer runs the offense to perfection, moving the ball to find the defenses weakness.  They have been supremely efficient in their first two games, shooting 47 percent vs a stout Miami defense and an even more astounding 50 percent against a battle tested Tennessee squad.

Nevada pulled off one of the most amazing comebacks in NCAA tournament history overcoming a 22 point deficit to defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats Sunday night. They had similar sharp shooting in their two games thus far defeated two solid defenses to get to this matchup.

Both teams have played at an elite level the first two round of this tournament, right now the line sits at a slight edge in favor of the Wolfpack.  I believe most money will be going with the Ramblers as we inch closer to the tip.  The Ramblers have not played a team with this kind of offensive firepower.  Cody and Caleb Martin will be a tough matchup, I look for Nevada to speed up the pace and take down the Ramblers.  Sorry Sister Jean it’s over.

 Nevada -1.5

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