Mount Saint Mary’s (19-15) vs. New Orleans (20-11) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Mount St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Game Time: 6:40 ET
Venue: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
All You Really Need To Know About Mount Saint Mary’s
(Northeast), RPI: 150, 16 seed
The Northeast champ got destroyed by West Virginia, Iowa State, Minnesota, Michigan, Arkansas, and just about everyone else in an 1-11 start. The schedule lightened up, the Mountaineers got into conference play, and they rolled from there.
They don’t move the ball around at all – they don’t come up with any assists – and they’re miserable on the boards, but they can shoot the three and they can force mistakes. Throw in the problems on the free throw line, and there are plenty of issues.
All You Really Need To Know About New Orleans
(Southland), RPI: 154, 16 seed
The Privateers struggled going into the Southland tournament, and then they got on a roll with an overtime win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to take the title and the bid. It’s a quick team that’s overly active on the boards and generates points off of steals, but there’s no outside shooting whatsoever, no blocked shots, and way too many turnovers.
They have to get on the move, and they can swing the ball around well, but they’re not going to get back in the game if they get down. As a frame of reference, they lost to Northwestern 83-49 and to USC 88-54.
What’s Going To Happen
New Orleans is going to absolutely kill the Mountaineers on the boards. The Privateers might not be able to shoot a lick from the outside, but Mt. St. Mary’s doesn’t exactly have Steph Curry bombing away – it can’t shoot all that well from the outside, either. The bigger problem? The backcourt – New Orleans will come up with just enough steals against a team that can’t pass.
Fearless Prediction & Line
New Orleans 68, Mt. St. Mary’s 63
Line: New Orleans -1.5
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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