Don’t sleep on the Gaels of Saint Mary’s when filling out your bracket. #5 Saint Mary’s is overshadowed by rival Gonzaga, but the Gaels have what it takes to make a run in March. The Gaels would be on a seven-game winning streak if it were not for two losses to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The inside-outside game of Saint Mary’s will pose issues for the opposition. The VCU Rams went wire-to-wire in their dominance of the Atlantic 10 this season. #12 VCU is a veteran program of March Madness and is prepared for the moment.
Will Saint Mary’s make a surprising run through March, or are the Gaels in trouble against VCU?
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. VCU Rams: Betting Odds
|Saint Mary’s||-4 (-110)||O 123 (-110)||-190|
|VCU||+4 (-110)||U 123 (-110)||+160|
Guard Logan Johnson is the clear leader on both sides of the court for Saint Mary’s. Johnson leads the team in scoring, assists and steals, shooting 46% from the floor. Center Mitchell Saxon is the dominant force on the interior for the Gaels. Saxon averages 12 points per game while leading the team in rebounds and blocked shots. Saxon shoots a robust 55% from the floor.
Guard Aidan Mahaney may be the most consistent performer for Saint Mary’s. Mahaney averages 15 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor and 41% from three-point range. Guard Alex Ducas provides a spark for the Saint Mary’s offense. Ducas averages 13 points and four rebounds per game, shooting 43% from the floor, 42% from behind the arc and 87% from the stripe.
Rams Guard Adrian Baldwin Jr. is the engine of the VCU offense. Baldwin Jr. leads the team in points, assists and steals. Baldwin Jr. scores 42% from the floor and 80% from the free-throw line. VCU Forward Jalen DeLoach is a problem for the opposition. DeLoach averages ten points per game while leading the team in rebounds and blocked shots.
Don’t count out VCU Forward Brandon Johns Jr. averages 12 points and five rebounds per game, shooting an outrageous 52% from the floor.
Fixture: Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. VCU Rams
Date & Time: Friday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: MVP Arena, Albany, New York
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. VCU Rams: Prediction
Saint Mary’s vs. VCU is one of the most exciting games of the opening round. The Gaels and Rams are annual March Madness participants. This game will be tight, but Saint Mary’s is battle tested and prepared for what the Rams will throw at them. Take Saint Mary’s and give the points.