VCU (26-8) vs. St. Mary’s (28-4) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: VCU vs. St. Mary’s fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Game Time: 7:20 ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
All You Really Need To Know About VCU
(Atlantic 10) RPI: 22, 10 seed
The Rams might have fallen in the A-10 championship to Rhode Island, and lost the earlier matchup by ten on the road, but they played well down the stretch. They can’t shoot from the outside with little happening from three, but they move the ball around really, really well, don’t turn the ball over, and attack the rim hard.
They’ve got a good interior presence, can score from close, and they force a ton of steals and generate easy points on the move. But when they’re getting rolled on the inside, there’s a problem – they just can’t bomb their way back into games.
All You Really Need To Know About St. Mary’s
(West Coast) RPI: 17, and 7 seed
The Gaels lost three times to Gonzaga. There was a whiff way back in December to UT-Arlington, but they rolled through the rest of the easy schedule, including three blowouts over the BYU team that beat the Zags.
It’s a very big, very active team that owns the boards, passes as well as any team in the tournament, and can hit free throws and from three – yeah, they’re great from inside and out. They don’t come up with steals and they don’t blow up offensively enough, but they don’t need to. They’re second in the nation in scoring defense.
What’s Going To Happen
It might be one of the best matchups of teams you haven’t seen play. St. Mary’s is a dangerous, complete team with size inside and outside shooting to bomb away when needed. VCU’s aggressive defense will be a problem for a while, but the all-around game of the Gaels will be too much. St. Mary’s can hit the three, the Rams can’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
St. Mary’s 69, VCU 64
Line: St. Mary’s -4
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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