UCLA vs St.Mary’s: 2022 NCAA Tournament East Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round-Akron vs UCLA
Mar 17, 2022; Portland, OR, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Tyger Campbell (10) is congratulated against the Akron Zips during the second half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 4 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 5 St. Mary’s Gaels

How to Watch:

  • Date: Saturday, March 19
  • Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
  • TV: TBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

Pac-12 Conference West Coast
26-7 Record 26-7
76.4 (55th) Points Per Game 69.8 (236th)
64.8 Points Allowed Per Game 60.5
0.6296 (10th) RPI 0.6398 (6th)
37th Strength of Schedule 58th
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UCLA leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Bruins guard Johnny Juzang (3) dribbles against Washington State Cougars forward Andrej Jakimovski (23) during the first half at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
  • Johnny Juzang, G, JR: 16.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 36.2% 3PT
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr., G, JR: 14.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG

St. Mary’s:

2022 NCAA Tournament schedule March 17
March 8, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gaels forward Matthias Tass (11) shoots the basketball against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) during the second half in the finals of the WCC Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
  • Matthias Tass, F, SR: 12.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 55.3% FG
  • Tommy Kuhse, G, SR: 12.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 46.9 3PT%

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • UCLA Moneyline: -150
  • SMC Moneyline: +130
  • Spread: UCLA -3
  • Over/Under: 126
  • ATS Record: UCLA 17-15-1, SMC 19-10-2
  • Over/Under Record: UCLA 16-17, SMC 15-15-1

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The Pick:

  • The Gaels waxed popular upset-pick Indiana 82-53 in the first round. They show an impressive 51.7% from the field and 47.6% from deep. Meanwhile, the Bruins survived a scare against Akron 57-53 and only shot 35.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. Johnny Juzang himself was just 3-11 from the field, so he’ll need to find that stroke for the Bruins to get to the Sweet 16.
  • This game will likely be played at a slow pace, with the Bruins playing at the 258th in adjusted tempo and the Gael’s coming in at 338th. Both teams have strong defenses with UCLA ranking 12th in KenPom’s efficiency ratings and the Gaels finishing 9th, so this could be a grind-it-out type of game.
  • The Gaels force seven steals a game but had eight on Thursday and forced a normally efficient Hoosiers offense into 13 turnovers during their first-round game. The Bruins also forced nine steals in their first round, so these are opportunistic units.
  • The Gaels are also one of the worst rebounding teams in the tournament, ranking 258th in rebounds per game (although part of that is connected to their slower pace), but that could be an issue against the Bruins, who also play at a slow pace but rank 84th in the country with 37 rebounds per game.
  • If this game is close at the end, both teams are strong from the free-throw line, with the Gaels ranking 37th (75.8%) and the Bruins ranking 99th (73.9%)

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