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    The No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s Gaels (26-7) are a 3.5-point favorite in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against the No. 12 seed VCU Rams (27-7) on Friday at MVP Arena. The matchup begins at 2:00 PM on TBS. Here are insights into this West Region 5-12 matchup to help you fill out your bracket.

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    How do I watch Gaels vs. Rams?

    • Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
    • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: TBS
    • Location: Albany, New York
    • Arena: MVP Arena

    Betting Lines for Gaels vs. Rams

    Saint Mary’s (CA) vs VCU Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Total
    Saint Mary’s (CA) -3.5 122.5

    Saint Mary’s (CA) Betting Stats & Information

    • Saint Mary’s (CA) has put together a 24-4 record in games when it was listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 85.7% of those games).
    • The Gaels have gone 23-4 when they have played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -176 or shorter (85.2% win percentage).
    • The Gaels have gone 17-13-2 ATS this season.
    • The Rams are 1-1 against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
    • The average total Saint Mary’s (CA) has had in its matchups this year is nine more points than this particular game’s point total.

    VCU Betting Stats & Info

    • VCU has won three of the six games it has played as underdogs this season.
    • The Rams are 1-1 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +149 or more on the moneyline.
    • The Rams’ ATS record is 19-15-0 this season.
    • The Rams are 1-1 against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
    • The average point total for VCU this year is 11.9 points higher than this game’s over/under.

    Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. VCU Season Stat Comparison

    Saint Mary’s (CA) Rank Saint Mary’s (CA) AVG VCU AVG VCU Rank
    186th 71.4 Points Scored 71.4 186th
    5th 60.1 Points Allowed 62.9 24th
    129th 32.5 Rebounds 30.5 257th
    123rd 9.1 Off. Rebounds 8 222nd
    126th 7.8 3pt Made 6.1 310th
    212th 12.6 Assists 13.2 164th
    16th 9.6 Turnovers 12.8 271st

    This Matchup’s Impact Players

    Saint Mary’s Gaels Leaders

    • The leader in points and assists for the Gaels is Logan Johnson, who scores 14.6 points and distributes 3.7 assists per game.
    • Mitchell Saxen leads Saint Mary’s (CA) in rebounding, grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game while also scoring 11.6 points a contest.
    • Alex Ducas leads the Gaels in three-point shooting, making an average of 2.5 shots per game from beyond the arc.

    VCU Rams Leaders

    • Adrian Baldwin Jr.’s points (12.7 per game) and assists (5.9 per game) stat lines give him the top scoring and assists spots on the Rams’ leaderboards.
    • Jalen DeLoach’s stat line of seven rebounds, 10 points and 1.1 assists per game helps him grab the top spot on the VCU rebounding leaderboard.
    • David Shriver is the top scorer from deep for the Rams, hitting 1.7 threes per game.
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