UCLA Vs Saint Mary’s (CA): NCAA Tournament Second Round Betting Lines, Odds And Trends – March 19, 2022

Written By Staff on March 18, 2022 - Last Updated on March 19, 2022

The No. 4 seed UCLA Bruins (26-7) are aiming to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament when they meet the No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s Gaels (26-7) on Saturday at 7:10 PM. Keep reading to find betting insights and statistics to help place a wager on the Bruins’ (-169 to win on the moneyline) game with the Gaels (+137).

The betting facts in the following article reflect odds as of March 18, 2022 at 4:00 AM ET.

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UCLA vs Saint Mary’s (CA) Betting Odds

Analysis

by Ryan Minion

The Bruins, who are coming off a Final Four appearance in 2021, barely escaped with a win in their first round matchup versus the 13th seeded Akron Zips. On the contrary, the Gales absolutely demolished Indiana in their first-round matchup, only having trailed once in the entire game, ultimately winning by 29 points.

UCLA struggled mightily on offense in their First Round matchup versus fourteenth-seeded Akron. They trailed at half and for the majority of the second half, until a late offensive surge by Tyger Campbell. Bruins’ star Guard Johnny Juzang shot 3-for-11 from the field, contributing to their total 35.2 FG%.

The Gaels were on the complete opposite side of the spectrum for UCLA, shooting a total FG% of 52, and nearly 50% from beyond the arc as well. Guards Logan Johnson & Tommy Kuhse led the way with twenty and nineteen points respectively.

The Bruins are not in great form, having gotten badly outplayed by Arizona in the Pac-12 championship, in addition to now barely escaping an Akron team they are significantly better than. I expect UCLA’s recent offensive struggles to continue versus a St. Mary’s team clicking on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

I will be betting St. Mary’s to cover as 3-point underdogs against UCLA.

UCLA Offense Vs. Saint Mary’s (CA) Defense

UCLA Offense Stats (Rank) Saint Mary’s (CA) Defense
75.8 (51) Points/Gm 60.3 (10)
67.2 (214) Possessions/Game 66.2 (57)
44.8 (124) Field Goal % 42.4 (133)
35.2 (95) 3PT % 33.9 (209)
50.4 (168) Effective FG % 47.2 (66)
54.3 (141) True Shooting % 49.5 (41)

Saint Mary’s (CA) Offense Vs. UCLA Defense

Saint Mary’s (CA) Offense Stats (Rank) UCLA Defense
70.1 (202) Points/Gm 64.5 (42)
64.4 (330) Possessions/Game 69.5 (214)
46.5 (49) Field Goal % 41.5 (76)
35.4 (83) 3PT % 32.2 (107)
52.9 (68) Effective FG % 47.5 (78)
56.1 (73) True Shooting % 49.8 (50)

UCLA Betting Insights

  • UCLA has put together a 17-15-1 record against the spread this season.
  • When playing as at least 3.5-point favorites this season, the Bruins have an ATS record of 15-11-1.
  • UCLA’s games have gone over the point total 16 out of 33 times this season.
  • UCLA’s 33 games this season have gone over this contest’s total of 127 points 25 times.
  • The Bruins have an average point total of 139 in their games this year, 12 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Saint Mary’s (CA) Betting Insights

  • Saint Mary’s (CA) is 20-12-2 ATS this season.
  • The Gaels have covered the spread once when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this season (in five opportunities).
  • In Saint Mary’s (CA)’s 34 chances this year, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 16 times.
  • Saint Mary’s (CA) has combined with its opponents to score more than 127 points in 21 of 34 games this season.
  • The average over/under for Gaels outings this season is 131.1, 4.1 more points than this game’s total.
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UCLA Key Players

  • Johnny Juzang leads the Bruins scoring 15.8 points per game.
  • Tyger Campbell leads UCLA with 4.2 assists per game and Jaime Jaquez Jr. paces the team with 5.8 rebounds per contest.
  • The Bruins are led by Campbell from long distance. He hits 1.6 shots from deep per game.
  • UCLA’s blocks leader is Myles Johnson, who averages 1.3 per game. Jaquez Jr. leads the team averaging 1.2 steals a game.

Saint Mary’s (CA) Key Players

  • Matthias Tass leads the team in both scoring (12.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.1 rebounds per game).
  • Tommy Kuhse puts in work dishing out assists and is Saint Mary’s (CA)’s assist leader with 3.6 per game.
  • Alex Ducas leads the Gaels in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 1.9 made threes per game.
  • Saint Mary’s (CA)’s Logan Johnson has the top spot on the team’s steals leaderboard with two per game and Tass is first in blocks with 0.7 per game.
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