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No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Preview: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Announcers, Prediction

Loyola Chicago celebrates in the NCAA Tournament

On Thursday, the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack take on the No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Wolf Pack enter with a 29-7 record, while the Ramblers own a 30-5 record. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Preview: To reach the Sweet 16, Nevada beat Texas and overcame a 22-point deficit to stun No. 2 seed Cincinnati, 75-73. It marked the second-biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history. Led by Cody Martin's 25-point performance, four of the Wolf Pack's five starters put up double-digit numbers in the victory. Sophomore guard Josh Hall also added 14 off the bench.

As for Loyola-Chicago, their Cinderella run continues thanks to an insane late jumper by Clayton Custer which sealed the 63-62 upset over No. 3 Tennessee. Custer scored 10 points on the night, while Aundre Jackson added 16 points off the bench.

Date: Thursday, March 22

Game Time: 7:07 PM ET

Channel: CBS

Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington

Opening Betting Line: Nevada by 2.5 via 5Dimes

Prediction: While Loyola-Chicago has been living on a prayer throughout the first two rounds of the tournament, Sister Jean might have to call in some favors with the man upstairs if the Ramblers want to make it to the Elite Eight. Even Sister Jean's bracket has the fairytale ending in the Sweet 16.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index predicts a close one in this match-up, giving Nevada just a 55.9% edge. While Loyola's Custer might have the clutch gene - Nevada is just clutch in general. Down 65-43 with 11:37 left, the Wolf Pack went on to outscore Cincinnati 32-8 down the stretch. Nevada has now trailed at the half in its past five games and has still managed to find itself in a position to play for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Expect a great game, but expect to see Eric Musselman swearing and shirtless once again as his team punches a ticket to the Elite Eight.