Indiana Hoosiers vs St Mary's Gaels Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 17 (3/17): NCAAB

Indiana Hoosiers vs St Mary's Gaels Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 17 (3/17): NCAAB

Credit: photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

 
Odds
Time 7:20 p.m. EST
Indiana money line +125
Indiana spread +2.5
St Mary's money line -145
St Mary's spread -2.5
Over / under 126
2021-2022 season stats
  Indiana Hoosiers St Mary's Gaels
Record 21-13 25-7
Neutral Site 4-1 3-3
Streak W1 L1
Points per game 71.32 73.96
Points allowed per game 65.71 60.50
Rebounds per game 36.18 33.10
Rebounds allowed per game 33.24 28.91
Over / under record 16-18 15-16
Preview

The Indiana Hoosiers and the St Mary's Gaels will meet at the Moda Center in Portland for the first round of the NCAA Tournament – East Division. 

INDIANA HOOSIERS

The Hoosiers have won 3 of their last 5 games and get here after beating Wyoming 66-58. Trayce Jackson-Davis had 29 points and nine rebounds, Jordan Geromino — who averaged 3.9 points this season — scored a career-high 15.

Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the Hoosiers. Xavier Johnson is averaging 10.5 points over the last 10 games for Indiana.

In their last 10 games the Hoosiers are 5-5, averaging 69.8 points, 32.5 rebounds, 16.2 assists, 5.3 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 67.2 points.

ST MARY'S GAELS

#18 St Mary's have won 5 of their last 6 games and are 3-3 playing in neutral sites. The Gaels lost their last game against Gonzaga. Saint Mary's: Played at the pace it wanted to and shot the ball decently, yet couldn't keep up with the Zags. A disappointing loss, but the Gaels made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Tass is scoring 12.6 points per game with 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Gaels. Tommy Kuhse is averaging 10.7 points over the last 10 games for Saint Mary's (CA).

In their last 10 games the Gaels are 7-3, averaging 69.3 points, 29.9 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 67.9 points per game.

BETTING TRENDS

Indiana are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games.

Saint Mary's are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

Saint Mary's are 18-11-2 ATS this season.

Prediction

Indiana has been really good lately in the season but they will be facing some of the best defensive teams in the league, the Gaels rank #12 in defense in the league allowing 60.5 ppg. The Hoosiers are winning only the 27% of the time as underdogs this season while the Gaels have won 20 of 22 games (90%) as favorites. Take the Gaels to win.

PICK: St Mary's ML (-145)

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