Grand Canyon vs Saint Mary's Prediction NCAAB 3/22

Grand Canyon vs Saint Mary's Prediction NCAAB 3/22

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March Madness 2024: Grand Canyon vs. Saint Mary's Preview

Get ready for an exhilarating matchup as the Grand Canyon Lopes (29-4) take on the Saint Mary's Gaels (26-7) in the Men's Basketball Championship West Region 1st Round. Tune in to truTV on March 22, 2024, at 7:05 PM, live from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, WA.

 

Team Reviews

Grand Canyon Lopes (29-4)

The Grand Canyon Lopes had a remarkable season in the Western Athletic Conference, finishing with an impressive 29-4 record. With standout performances from T. Grant-Foster, who averages 19.8 points per game, the Lopes have demonstrated their ability to compete at a high level.

In their recent outings, Grand Canyon has displayed resilience and determination, securing victories against UTA and SEA. As they enter the NCAA Tournament, they aim to showcase their talent and make a deep run in the postseason.

 

Saint Mary's Gaels (26-7)

The Saint Mary's Gaels had a stellar season in the West Coast Conference, boasting an impressive 26-7 record. Led by A. Mahaney, who averages 13.9 points per game, Saint Mary's possesses a balanced offensive attack and a staunch defense.

Despite a recent loss to GONZ, Saint Mary's has been formidable in their previous matchups, displaying their ability to compete against top-tier competition. With aspirations of championship glory, they enter the NCAA Tournament with confidence and determination.

 

Prediction

The Saint Mary's Gaels are poised to win and cover the -5.5 points spread in this matchup. Here's why:

Saint Mary's has demonstrated consistency and efficiency throughout the season, particularly on the defensive end. Their disciplined defense, combined with their ability to control the pace of the game, often frustrates opponents and limits their scoring opportunities.

Offensively, the Gaels boast a well-rounded attack, with multiple scoring options capable of stepping up in crucial moments. Against Grand Canyon, they have the potential to exploit mismatches and capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Furthermore, Saint Mary's has experience and poise in high-pressure situations, attributes that are invaluable in tournament play. With a balanced approach on both ends of the court and a determined mindset, they are primed to secure a convincing victory and cover the spread.

 

Pick: Saint Mary's Gaels -5.5 Points

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