St. Mary's vs UConn Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/19/23

Connecticut Huskies (26-8) vs St. Mary's Gaels (27-7)

Game Info: Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 6:10 pm (MVP Arena)

Betting Odds: Connecticut Huskies -3.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Saint Mary’s Gaels and UConn Huskies face off on Sunday in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament at Times Union Center. 

Saint Mary’s Betting Preview

Saint Mary’s comes into this game with a 27-7 record overall and they have gone 18-13-2 against the spread. In the first game of the tournament, the defense was lights out giving up only 51 points and that led to the 12 point victory. Alex Ducas the top player finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.1 points while their defense is giving up 59.9 points per game. Logan Johnson has been the top player averaging 14.6 points while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the three point line. 

UConn Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UConn who sits with a 26-8 record overall and they have gone 22-11-1 against the spread. In the last game against Iona, they were really tested in the first half, but ended up pulling away in the second half and ended up winning 87-63. Adama Sanogo had a strong game finisishing with 28 points and 13 rebounds. UConn is averaging 78.9 points while their defense is giving up 65.2 points per game. Adama Sanogo is averaging 17.1 points while shooting 60.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

St Mary’s vs UConn Trends

St Mary’s is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games following an against the spread win. The under is 4-0 in UConn’s last four games following an against the spraeead win. The over is 5-1 in UConn’s last six NCAA Tournament games as a favorite. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This total is too high. Saint Mary’s knows to find success in this game they are going to need the defense to be good and they are going to need the defense to be good here. Look for UConn to struggle to score against St, Mary’s defense and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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