Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl shouting, as usual

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

  • Loyola Chicago and Auburn meet Thursday in a consolation bracket game at the Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Loyola lost by two points to Michigan State on Wednesday and Auburn fell to UConn in double overtime
  • A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a prediction

Two teams coming off tough losses the previous day square off when Loyola Chicago plays #19 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday in a Thanksgiving Day consolation bracket game at the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Loyola Chicago dropped a 63-61 decision to Michigan State in the first round while Auburn lost to #22 Connecticut 115-109 in double overtime. It was first loss of the season for both Loyola (4-1) and Auburn (3-1).

ESPN2 will televised the game.

Loyola Chicago vs Auburn Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Loyola Chicago +112 +2.5 (-110) Over 145.5 (-110)
Auburn -124 -2.5 (-110) Under 145.5  (-110)

Odds as of November 25th at DraftKings.

Tough Loss for Loyola

Loyola lost when Michigan State’s Marcus Bingham Jr. dunked an alley-oop pass from Tyson Walker with 3.4 seconds left for the game-winning basket. A half-court heave by Loyola’s Braden Norris at the buzzer fell short.

Senior guard Lucas Williamson was the only Loyola player to score in double figures as he finished with 16 points. He also had eight rebounds.

Williamson has been the Ramblers’ best all-round player this season with averages of 11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

Junior guard Braden Norris and sophomore center Jacob Hutson had nine points apiece. Loyola shot just 37.3% from the floor, connecting on 22 of 59 attempts.

Loyola did force Michigan State into 20 turnovers as senior wing Tate Hall had four steals and Norris added three. The Ramblers also had 16 second-chance points.

Senior forwards Ryan Schwieger (12.8) and Aher Uguak (12.4) are Loyola’s top two scorers.

Auburn Falls in 2 OTs

Sophomore guard K.D. Johnson scored a career-high 27 points Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers from losing. The transfer from Georgia had 23 points after halftime and finished with five steals.

Johnson is averaging a team-high 18.0 points a game along with 2.8 steals. His defensive effort helped forced UConn into 24 turnovers.

Johnson was one of five Auburn players to score in double figures. Freshman forward Jabari Smith Jr. contributed 22 points, six rebounds and three assists. He had 19 of those points in the second half and overtimes.

A five-star recruit last spring, Smith is averaging 15.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in his first collegiate season.

Sophomore guard Wendell Green Jr. finished with 19 points and five assists, sophomore big man Walker Kessler had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and junior forward Jaylin Williams chipped in with 12 points.

A transfer from Eastern Kentucky, Green has averages of 13.3 points and 3.5 assists. Kessler spent his freshman season of 2020-21 at North Carolina before the Newman, Ga., product decided to move closer to home.

Auburn was outrebounded 48-35, though the Tigers rallied from a 65-50 deficit with 11:01 left in regulation to force overtime.

Loyola Chicago vs Auburn Prediction

This will be the first meeting between the schools and both teams can be expected to be physically and mentally drained after tough losses. Look for Loyola to be a little bit fresher than Auburn, which is coming off a fast-paced 50-minute game.

The Pick: Loyola +2.5 (-110)

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