St. Mary's Gaels vs UConn Huskies Prediction, 3/19/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Mary's Gaels vs UConn Huskies
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Location: MVP Arena in Albany, NY
Odds/Point Spread: St. Mary's (+4)
The UConn Huskies (25-8) will play the St. Mary's Gaels (27-7) at MVP Arena on Sunday. UConn opens this matchup as 4-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 130.5.
The St. Mary's Gaels faced off with VCU and took home the win by a score of 63-51 in their last game. St. Mary's wrapped up the game with a 40.8% field goal percentage (20 out of 49) and buried 3 of their 17 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Gaels knocked down 20 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 74.1%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they collected 33 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 13 dimes for the game as well as creating 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When it comes to defense, St. Mary's let their opponent shoot 36.7% from the field on 18 of 49 shooting. VCU earned 7 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. In addition, VCU had 24 rebounds (7 offensive, 17 defensive), but didn't notch a block. VCU walked away from this one shooting 62.5% at the charity stripe by making 10 of their 16 attempts. They knocked down 5 of 14 attempts from distance. When discussing fouls, the Gaels ended up finishing with 19 while VCU totaled 20 fouls.
Alex Ducas is one guy who was a factor for the game. He went 38.5% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. He saw the court for 40 mins and also pulled down 8 rebounds. He accounted for 17 points on 5 of 13 shooting.
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St. Mary's comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 27-7 on the campaign. They turn the ball over 10.7 times per game and as a team they commit 16.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, St. Mary's is snagging 35.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 427 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 174th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Gaels are hitting 36.7% on shots from downtown (259 of 706) and 69.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 71.1 points per game (190th in the country) while going 45.7% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Gaels are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers every game and they draw 17.1 fouls. They currently rank 3rd in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 265 relinquished so far this season. The Gaels defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.3% (726 of 1,756) and they surrender 28.5 boards per game as a group. They are conceding 32.6% on 3-point shots and they rank 5th in the country in PPG allowed (59.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the UConn Huskies got the victory with a final of 87-63 when they faced Iona. The Huskies recorded 29 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 43 for the matchup. They gave up possession 8 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. Iona was called for 13 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They were able to convert 12 of those for a rate of 85.7%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, UConn buried 11 out of 25 attempts (44.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Huskies ended up going 32 for 66 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.5%. The Huskies allowed Iona to knock down 22 out of their 57 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.6% for the game. They finished the game shooting 43.8% from distance by hitting 7 of 16 and finished the game at 12 out of 16 from the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, UConn allowed Iona to grab 25 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Adama Sanogo ended up having an impact for the Huskies in this matchup. He accumulated 28 points in his 25 minutes on the court, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He knocked down 13 out of 17 for the contest for a rate of 76.5%, and tallied 13 rebounds.
UConn has a mark of 25-8 so far this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Huskies are hitting on 46.1% from the field, which is 84th in the nation. UConn has earned 2,605 pts on the season (78.9 per contest) and they average 39.2 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 17.5 times per game (4th in D-1) and they turn it over 12.8 times per game. The Huskies are responsible for committing 18.1 fouls per game and they shoot 75.3% from the charity stripe.
The UConn defense gives up 30.6% on shots from 3-point land (163 of 532) and opponents are connecting on 73.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 9.2 assists and 29.8 boards every game, which has them ranked 6th and 7th in college hoops. The Huskies are ranked 45th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 65.2. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (41st in college basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take UConn (-4) and under 130.5 points
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