St. Mary's Gaels vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 3/19/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Mary's Gaels vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: St. Mary's (+4)
The UCLA Bruins (26-7) will go up against the St. Mary's Gaels (26-7) at Moda Center on Saturday. UCLA opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The total has been set at 126.
The St. Mary's Gaels stepped onto the hardwood against Indiana and took home the win by a score of 82-53 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Gaels ended up finishing with 14 and Indiana totaled 18 personal fouls. They also converted 2 of 10 attempts from three-point range. Indiana walked away from this one shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by converting 15 of 18 shots. In addition, Indiana collected 25 rebounds (5 offensive, 20 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Indiana totaled 8 assists and had 5 steals in this game. With respect to defending, St. Mary's allowed 34.0% from the field on 18 of 53 shooting. They also recorded 16 dimes in this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 8 steals. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 36 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Gaels buried 10 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. St. Mary's ended the contest with a 51.7% field goal percentage (31 of 60) and converted 10 of their 21 shots from distance.
Logan Johnson is one player who was a factor for this contest. He accounted for 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He played for 34 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. He finished the game at 61.5% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist.
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St. Mary's heads into this matchup with a record of 26-7 so far this year. They cough up possession 11.3 times per game and as a team they commit 15.5 fouls every game. As a team, St. Mary's is pulling in 34.0 boards per game and has 446 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 105th in the country in terms of passing. The Gaels are shooting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (239 of 675) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 70.1 pts per contest (207th in Division 1) while shooting 46.5% from the floor.
Defensively, the Gaels are forcing 12.8 turnovers every game while drawing 14.9 fouls. They are 7th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 276 conceded on the year. The Gaels are allowing a field goal percentage of 42.3% (753 of 1,780) and they relinquish 29.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are surrendering 33.7% on three-point shots while they are 9th in college basketball in opponents PPG (60.3).
When they last played, the UCLA Bruins got the victory with a final of 57-53 when they played Akron. With respect to how they rebounded, UCLA permitted Akron to collect 34 in total (8 offensive). They finished 23.5% from beyond the arc by going 4 out of 17 and finished the game at 7 of 8 from the free throw line (87.5%). The Bruins allowed Akron to make 21 of 53 attempts from the floor which had them at 39.6% in the matchup. Overall, the Bruins ended up shooting 19 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.2%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, UCLA buried 8 of 22 attempts (36.4%). They were able to knock down 11 of them for a clip of 84.6%. Akron was called for 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Bruins to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They gave up possession 7 times, while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Bruins recorded 21 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for the contest.
Jaime Jaquez ended up being important for the Bruins for this contest. He earned 15 points in his 37 minutes on the court and accounted for 6 assists for the game. He knocked down 3 of 10 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 30.0%, and earned 9 rebounds.
UCLA has a record of 26-7 so far this year. The Bruins commit 16.1 fouls every game and they connect on 73.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 14.0 times per contest (109th in Division 1) and they turn it over 9.1 times per game. UCLA has accounted for 2,501 points on the season (75.8 per game) and they collect 37.0 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bruins are connecting on 44.8% from the field, which is ranked 127th in D-1.
The UCLA defense surrenders 32.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (221 of 690) and their opponents are connecting on 72.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 11.6 dimes and 33.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 100th and 101st in the country. The Bruins defensively are ranked 41st in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 64.5. They are able to force 13.4 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 41.6% from the floor (88th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. Mary's (+4)
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