Game Time: 7:10 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Where to Watch: TBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Saint Mary’s +2.5, UCLA -2.5; Over/Under: 126.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Saint Mary’s +2.5, UCLA -2.5; Over/Under: 126.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Saint Mary’s +2.5, UCLA -2.5; Over/Under: 126.5 points
Saint Mary's Gaels: 26-7 (2nd place, WCC)
UCLA Bruins: 26-7 (2nd place, Pac-12)
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Saint Mary's Gaels vs UCLA Bruins Preview and Analysis
Saint Mary's Gaels: 4-1 last 5
UCLA Bruins: 4-1 last 5
Saint Mary's Gaels Analysis
Saint Mary's is coming into this game with a 26-7 record overall and they are 4-3 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 6 of their last 7 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Gonzaga Bulldogs while their last 5 wins came against the BYU Cougars, the San Diego Toreros, Gonzaga, the Santa Clara Broncos, and the Indiana Hoosiers in their last game. Logan Johnson led the team in points in that game with 20 while Tommy Kuhse was next on the team with 19 points. Tommy Kuhse led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Matthias Tass led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 51.7% from the field, 20% from 3-point range, and 83.3% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 70.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 60.3 PPG against them. Saint Mary's has an ATS record of 19-11-2 this season and their O/U record is 16-16.
UCLA Bruins Analysis
UCLA is coming into this game with a 26-7 record overall and they are 4-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 6 of their last 7 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Arizona Wildcats while their 6 wins in that span came against the Oregon State Beavers, the Washington Huskies, the USC Trojans, the Washington State Cougars, USC again, and the Akron Zips in their last game. Tyger Campbell led the team in points in that game with 16 while Jaime Jaquez Jr. was next on the team with 15 points. Jaquez Jr. led the team in assists in that game with 6 and he also led the team in rebounds with 9. They were 35.2% from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range, and 84.6% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 75.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 64.5 PPG against them. UCLA has an ATS record of 17-15-1 this season and their O/U record is 16-17.
Saint Mary's vs UCLA Prediction
UCLA is coming into this game as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Saint Mary's is coming into this game off of a win in their last game, beating Indiana in round 1 of this tourney by close to 30 points. They jumped out early in that game and never looked back as they played very well but they were also getting an Indiana team that had been through a lot as they had made a little bit of a run in their conference tourney upsetting 2 teams and almost a 3rd, and then they even had to play in a play-in game just to get to that game so the odds were heavily stacked against them in that game. Now they are getting a UCLA team that has been playing much better than Indiana and was one of the best teams in the nation this season. UCLA just made it by Akron by 4 points in their last game in round 1 of this tourney but they made it to the final four last season and they will be hungry for another big run this year. UCLA has a lot more talent on their team between Campbell, Juzang, and Jaquez and Saint Mary's has not had a lot of success in the tourney in recent years, when they have actually made it in as they have been left out quite a bit over the past few years. UCLA should win this game and advance covering the spread here.
Saint Mary's UCLA Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (7:10 pm ET start time) is UCLA 82 Saint Mary’s 75.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Saint Mary's Gaels: 11-2 ATS when the total is 120 to 129.5. 75-41 UNDER as an underdog. 26-11 UNDER as a neutral court underdog or pick.
UCLA Bruins: 1-5 ATS after a combined score of 125 points or less. 12-7 UNDER after failing to cover the spread in 2 or more consecutive games. 13-7 UNDER in a neutral court game where the total is 120 to 129.5.
Saint Mary's Gaels: None.
UCLA Bruins: M. Etienne (F) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
"I think we wore them down. All the factors that came into play with them playing Tuesday and having to travel. But I don't want to negate the fact that our guys played well when they needed to play well." - Randy Bennett on his team’s win against Indiana in round 1.
“My teammates just kept finding me and I just was wanting to make a play. I knew down the stretch, coach made some adjustments, and I just wanted to execute on them and the shots went in.” - Tyger Campbell on their win against Akron in round 1.
Saint Mary's Gaels
Saint Mary's Gaels
PPG: M. Tass (12.5)
APG: T. Kuhse (3.6)
Reb/G: M. Tass (6.2)
PPG: J. Juzang (16.7)
APG: T. Campbell (4.3)
Reb/G: M. Johnson (5.8)
Saint Mary's Gaels: Randy Bennett (21st season)
UCLA Bruins: Mick Cronin (3rd season)