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Auburn Tigers vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2021

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790Ramblers Loyola-Chicago
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No. 19 Auburn and Loyola-Chicago will look to rebound from their first losses of the season on Thursday when they meet in the consolation bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Tigers (3-1) have every reason to be exhausted after rallying from a 15-point deficit for the second straight game before dropping a 115-109 double-overtime loss to No. 22 UConn on Wednesday.

"You go to tournaments to play games like this," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "This is like March. Our kids were excited about playing. We knew that UConn was a top-25 team, probably a little better than that."

K.D. Johnson scored 23 of his career-high 27 points after halftime, highlighted by driving layups that forged a tie near the end of regulation and the first overtime.

"I was just trying to do anything to get a W," said Johnson, who is averaging a team-high 24 points per game. "I wasn't really focused on anything, how it was going. I was just trying to get a win."

Jabari Smith added 19 of his 22 points following intermission for Auburn. He made all 12 of his foul shots to boot.

"We competed," Pearl said. "We came here to win. We're disappointed. I thought we played with great effort and energy, fairly decent level of toughness and I think what K.D. said is exactly right -- he just wanted to win. ... But I thought we answered the question of whether or not we're tough enough. We got punched in the mouth and we punched back."

The Tigers' setback came a few hours after the Ramblers (4-1) dropped a 63-61 decision to Michigan State.

Lucas Williamson collected 16 points and eight rebounds for Loyola-Chicago, which was undone after Marcus Bingham Jr. dunked home an alley-oop with 3.4 seconds remaining in the second half.

"That was a big-time college basketball game," Ramblers coach Drew Valentine said. "... There are no moral victories for us with where this program is at. We have to find a way to stay positive, stay together and continue to grind and improve on the things that we're not doing well right now."

Loyola-Chicago forced Michigan State into 20 turnovers, however it shot a season-low 37.3 percent from the floor on Wednesday.

Reigning Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Ryan Schwieger was held to five points versus Michigan State. The Princeton transfer had recorded 22-point performances in each of his previous two games.

"We have to come with a mentality to win a game (Thursday). We can't just sulk or not believe in ourselves because we had a rough game," Valentine said. "We gotta put that game in the bank, whether it's a positive game or a negative game. Put it in the bank, learn from it and then come out with that same swagger, same intensity that when we had it going today, we have to come out with it (Thursday)."

--Field Level Media

Auburn Tigers vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Recap NOV 25TH 2021

Jabari Smith scored 14 points to lift Auburn to a 62-53 win over Loyola Chicago in the consolation bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island in the Bahamas on Thursday.

Walker Kessler had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Wendell Green, Jr. added 10 points for Auburn (4-1), which rebounded from a double-overtime loss to Connecticut on Wednesday.

Marquise Kennedy scored 13 points and Braden Norris added 10 points in defeat for Loyola Chicago (4-2), which was coming off a two-point loss to Michigan State in Wednesday's first round.

Auburn outrebounded Loyola by a 36-26 margin and forced the Ramblers into 18 turnovers, which helped the Tigers overcome a 27.8 shooting percentage (5 of 18) from 3-point range.

Loyola Chicago wasn't much better from 3-point range, shooting 30.4 percent (7 of 23).

Auburn shot 43.6 percent from the field overall (24 of 55), while the Ramblers was 44.7 percent from the field (21 of 47).

Trailing 34-32 at halftime, Loyola Chicago came out in the second half and took a 38-36 lead with 17:36 remaining.

From there, Auburn took control. The Tigers went on a 12-4 run to take a 48-42 lead with 10:41 remaining, and then held a 51-44 lead with 7:22 to go.

Loyola Chicago then scored to make it 51-46, but Auburn answered by scoring the next five points to take its biggest lead of the game at 56-46 with 4:25 remaining.

The Ramblers didn't go away, going on a 7-2 run to close within 58-53 with 1:37 remaining.

However, the Tigers quelled that surge by scoring the next four points to take a 62-53 lead with 1:06 left following a dunk by Kessler and two free throws by Green.

Auburn held a 29-23 lead with 6:44 remaining in the first half before Loyola Chicago scored seven straight to take a 30-29 lead with 5:23 left until halftime.

--Field Level Media

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