VCU Rams vs. Saint Mary’s-California Gaels, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH RAMS ST. MARY’S GAELS
26-8 March 16, 7:20 PM | EnergySolutions Arena 28-4
VCU vs St. Mary’s, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:20 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 7:20 p.m. ET, TBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
743 –VCU Rams +4½ -105 +170 Ov 129½ -110
744 –Saint Mary’s-California Gaels -4½ -115 -195 Un 129½ -110
 

The VCU Rams and the Saint Mary’s-California Gaels will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (28-4): The Gaels are one of the better passing teams in the nation, with a pair of players – junior Emmett Naar (5.8 assists) and senior Joe Rahon (5.7) – that rank 1-2 in the WCC in assists per game. As much as those two handle the ball, they don’t turn it over often, which will be key against a VCU team that can pressure the ball better than most teams. If Naar and Rahon keep the Saint Mary’s offense clicking and not be effected by the Rams’ defense, Landale should get his shots and the Gaels could keep rolling along.

ABOUT VCU (26-8): Though only 6-7, senior forward Mo Alie-Cox plays big for the Rams, ranking second in the Atlantic 10 in blocks with 2.1 per game. A 7-1 wingspan certainly helps Alie-Cox, who may hear his number called more often against Saint Mary’s as Wade goes at the Gaels’ top player, Landale, to try to get him into foul trouble. Alie-Cox averaging 9.7 points and shoots 54.8 percent from the field, so he can score, and if he can have a big game against the Saint Mary’s big man, the Rams could pull the upset.

Oddsmakers currently have the Gaels listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Rams, while the game’s total is sitting at 129½.

Saint Mary’s, under the shadow of West Coast Conference rival Gonzaga for much of the season, gets a chance to make it own statement when it takes on VCU in Salt Lake City in the first round of the West Region on Thursday. The seventh-seeded Gaels lost four games this season, with three coming against the Bulldogs, while the 10th-seeded Rams make their seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance after falling in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament title game Sunday.

Junior center Jock Landale is the biggest weapon for coach Randy Bennett, with the 6-11 Australian averaging 16.8 points on 60.9 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Junior forward Calvin Hermanson is the only other player on Saint Mary’s averaging in double figures with 12.9, but the Gaels don’t need a lot of scoring when their defense is holding opponents to 56.5 points – second in the nation to Virginia (55.6). VCU prides itself on its defense as well, forcing opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and holding them to 66.3 points. The Rams’ 1-2 scoring punch consists of guard JeQuan Lewis (14.7 points, 4.6 assists) and forward Justin Tillman (12.4 points, 8.8 rebounds), and coach Will Wade will have his undersized front line focusing on keeping Landale in check.

Last time out for Saint Mary’s-California, they were a 74-56 loser as they battled Bulldogs on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +4.5-point underdog.

In their last action, VCU was a 70-63 loser at home against Rams. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs.

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VCU:
Team record: 26-8 SU,13-17-3 ATS
VCU is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
VCU is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games

Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 28-4 SU,17-13-1 ATS
Saint Mary’s-California is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 6 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Saint Mary’s ranked No. 1 in the WCC in free-throw percentage, hitting 74.6 percent of its attempts.

2. Tillman notched his 11th double-double of the season in the A-10 championship game, grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds to go with 10 points in the 70-63 loss to Rhode Island.

3. Saint Mary’s is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013, when it topped Middle Tennessee in the First Four before falling to Memphis.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Saint Mary’s-California Gaels will cover the spread at -4½ and the game will go over 129½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 71, VCU 61 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

BETTING TRENDS
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH
No trends to report
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Mary’s last 6 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Virginia Commonwealth’s Overall Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 56.5 2
Virginia Commonwealth’s Away Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Home Defense 0.0 0 57.0 3
Virginia Commonwealth’s Road Rebounds vs St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 25.4 1
St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs Virginia Commonwealth’s Overall Defense 72.0 64 0.0 0
St. Mary’s’s Home Scoring vs Virginia Commonwealth’s Road Defense 74.6 59 0.0 0
St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds vs Virginia Commonwealth’s Road Rebounds Allowed 34.8 80 0.0 0
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
No trends to report
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s is third in the league in field goal percentage at 49.6.
St. Mary’s has the second stingiest defence in the league at 56.5 points per game.
St. Mary’s leads the league in three points made allowed with 4.5 per game.
St. Mary’s leads the league in rebounds allowed at 26.3.

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