Mar 14, 2021; Hamilton, New York, USA; Loyola (Md) Greyhounds forward Golden Dike (10) and Colgate Raiders guard Nelly Cummings (0) battle for the ball during the first half of the 2021 Patriot League Conference Championship game at Cotterell Court. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
- Southern is laying 3 points to Loyola Maryland on Friday afternoon at the Emerald Coast Classic
- The Jaguars won their first round matchup over Cal, while the Greyhounds were blown out by Clemson
- Below, you’ll find odds and predictions for the Southern vs Loyola Maryland matchup
The Emerald Coast Classic continues on Friday in Niceville, Florida with second round action. First up on the schedule is the Southern (1-3) vs Loyola-Maryland (2-3) matchup, with both teams entering play fresh off very different results.
Online sportsbooks are expecting a competitive game, and give the slight edge to the Jaguars in the college basketball odds.
Southern vs Loyola Maryland Odds
|Southern Jaguars||-3 (-110)||-150||O 137.5 (-110)|
|Loyola Maryland Greyhounds||+3 (-110)||+130||U 137.5 (-110)|
Odds as of November 24 at DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland.
Southern is currently a 3-point favorite, in a contest that features a total of 137.5. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon ET from Northwest Florida State College, with the Jaguars seeking their second consecutive victory.
Southern Jaguars Betting Analysis
First round matchups went down all over the country last week, but the rest of the event will take place in Niceville culminating with the championship round over the weekend.
Southern pulled out a 74-66 victory over Cal in Berkeley last week, becoming the fourth SWAC team to beat a Pac-12 foe this season. The win was the Jaguars first of the season and their first ever against a Pac-12 program. They opened the season with defeats to UNLV, Arizona and St. Marys, three top-85 teams, two of which rank inside the top-25.
— Southern Men’s Basketball (@JaguarHoops) November 22, 2022
The Golden Bears were a clear step down in competition, ranking 230th overall, and the Greyhounds check in ranked 55 spots worse.
Southern was clearly outmatched in their first three contests, but looked quite strong against Cal. They shot 49% from the field and 52.2% from three, led by the 18 points of Brion Whitley. The senior guard was 4 of 8 from behind the arc, and was one of three Jags to score in double-figures.
Southern held the Golden Bears to 43% from the field, and forced 20 turnovers. They grade out slightly better on defense than offense per KenPom’s efficiency metrics, and should have no problem containing the Greyhounds who are one of the least efficient offenses in the country.
Loyola Maryland Betting Analysis
Loyola MD’s offense hit rock bottom in their last outing, scoring just 41 points in a 31 point loss to Clemson. The team shot 29% from the field and hit just 6 of 24 threes. They turned the ball over 18 times, resulting in 16 Tigers points, and had no answer at the defensive end. The Greyhounds enter play ranked 329th in raw offensive efficiency, and 299th in shooting percentage.
Final: Clemson 72, @LoyolaHounds 41.
Faure scores 15 and grabs 6 rebounds; Perry adds 11 points for the Hounds. Loyola will play Southern on Friday in the Emerald Coast Classic.#gohounds | #patriotmbb@Patriot_Gameday pic.twitter.com/wRggVLIfvm
— Loyola Men’s BKB (@LoyolaMBB) November 22, 2022
The Greyhounds yielded a 48% field goal percentage to Clemson, and nine offensive boards. They were outrebounded 41-27, and their play on defense and on the glass has been an issue all year. They rank 309th in defensive rebounding and 293rd in raw defensive efficiency.
Loyola MD is 2-3 to start the season, beating D-II Washington College and 259th ranked Brown. They’ve played three teams ranked inside the top-100, losing by a combined 62 points.
Southern vs Loyola Maryland Prediction
3 points simply isn’t enough in this matchup. The Greyhounds haven’t shown a pulse against anyone that’s remotely competitive this season, and while not elite, Southern is a veteran laden, more talented program.
Each of the Jags top-11 rotational players are upperclassmen, with four of their top-five being seniors. They’ve faced the more challenging schedule so far, and should be able to grind out a low scoring victory in this matchup to propel them into the next round.
Pick: Southern Jaguars -3 (-110)
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