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

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ST. MARY’S GAELS ARIZONA WILDCATS
29-4 March 18, 7:45 PM | EnergySolutions Arena 31-4
St. Mary’s vs Arizona, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:45 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 7:40 p.m. ET, CBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
531 –Saint Mary’s-California Gaels +5 -110 +200 Ov 133 -110
532 –Arizona Wildcats -5 -110 -240 Un 133 -110
 

The Saint Mary’s-California Gaels and the Arizona Wildcats will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (29-4): Junior forward Calvin Hermanson made three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points against VCU, while guards Emmett Naar and Joe Rahon continued their strong play by combining for 29 points and eight assists. Naar and Rahon ranked 1-2 in the conference in assists per game but committed eight turnovers against VCU and will need to take better care of the ball against the opportunistic Wildcats. Coach Randy Bennett’s balanced offensive attack includes reserve guard Tanner Krebs, who scored a career-high 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench against VCU.

ABOUT ARIZONA (31-4): Guard Allonzo Trier missed the first 19 games of the season with a PED-related suspension, but the sophomore is peaking at the right time after averaging 20.7 points, five rebounds and 3.3 assists at the Pac-12 tournament. The Wildcats’ stellar backcourt includes Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Kadeem Allen, whose three-point play sparked a key 12-0 run in the second half against North Dakota. “Kadeem is our heart and soul,” coach Sean Miller told reporters. “He’s always in the play, whether it’s a big rebound, a defensive stop, a good pass, he does everything. He could care less about his stats, and I think sometimes that’s his best quality.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 5-point favorites versus the Gaels, while the game’s total is sitting at 133.

After registering a season-high point total in its first-round win over North Dakota, Arizona will be hard-pressed to maintain that pace Saturday against Saint Mary’s in a second-round West Region matchup in Salt Lake City. The second-seeded Wildcats face one of the most deliberate teams in the nation in the seventh-seeded Gaels, who controlled the tempo and shot 56 percent in Thursday’s 85-77 first-round victory over No. 10 seed VCU.

Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and six rebounds in Thursday’s 100-82 win over No. 15 seed North Dakota as the Wildcats dominated the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. The 7-foot freshman averaged 20 points to lead Arizona to the Pac-12 tournament title but faces a tough matchup Saturday against Saint Mary’s 6-11 center Jock Landale, who averages 16.2 points along with 9.2 rebounds and recorded his 16th double-double of the season in the win over VCU. Landale will need to avoid foul trouble against a formidable Arizona frontline that includes 7-foot center Dusan Ristic, who had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting against North Dakota. Arizona averages 76.9 points but may need to slow things down against Saint Mary’s, whose defense is holding opponents to 57.1 points – second in the nation to Virginia (56.1).

Arizona was a 100-82 winner in their most recent outing at home against Fighting Hawks. They earned a push of the -18-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Saint Mary’s-California, they were a 85-77 winner as they battled Rams at home. They covered in the match as a -4-point favorite.

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Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 29-4 SU,18-13-1 ATS
Saint Mary’s-California is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games

Arizona:
Team record: 31-4 SU,18-15-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Arizona is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. The winner advances to face either No. 11 seed Xavier or No. 3 Florida State in the Sweet 16.

2. The teams share a common opponent in Gonzaga, which handed Saint Mary’s three of its four losses and beat Arizona 69-62 on Dec. 3.

3. Saint Mary’s led the WCC in 3-point shooting (39.8 percent) while Arizona held opponents to 30.6 percent from beyond the arc to lead the Pac-12.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Arizona Wildcats will cover the spread at -5 and the game will go over 133 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Arizona 77, Saint Mary’s 71 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
STMAR TEAM ARIZ
72.4 PTS FOR 76.9
57.1 PTS AGNST 65.9
15.3 DIFF. 11.0
26.1 DEF REBOUNDS 26.7
9.5 OFF REBOUNDS 10.2
49.7 FG% 47.9
74.7 FT% 76.1
8.7 3 POINTERS 6.7
4.2 STEALS 5.4
BETTING TRENDS
ST. MARY’S
No trends to report
ARIZONA
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs Arizona’s Overall Defense 72.4 200 65.9 42
St. Mary’s’s Away Scoring vs Arizona’s Home Defense 67.8 237 66.1 92
St. Mary’s’s Road Rebounds vs Arizona’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.0 69 30.0 19
Arizona’s Overall Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 76.9 95 57.1 3
Arizona’s Home Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Road Defense 78.4 115 55.7 2
Arizona’s Home Rebounds vs St. Mary’s’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.2 196 27.8 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s has allowed the third fewest points in the league at 57.1 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in three points made allowed in the league with 4.4 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 26.4.
ARIZONA
No trends to report

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