Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. Grand Canyon: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, the Saint Mary’s Gaels (26-7) will play the Grand Canyon Antelopes (29-4), with Mitchell Saxen and Tyon Grant-Foster the key players to watch. Tipoff at Spokane Arena will be at 10:05 PM ET. The Gaels are currently 6-point favorites over the Antelopes. The game has a point total of 131.5.

Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. Grand Canyon Betting Lines

Saint Mary’s (CA) vs Grand Canyon Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Saint Mary’s (CA) -6 131.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Saint Mary’s (CA) (-6)
Total Pick Over (131.5)

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Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. Grand Canyon Stat Rankings

Saint Mary’s (CA) Avg. (Rank) Grand Canyon Avg. (Rank)
74.2 (156th) Points Scored 79.8 (43rd)
58.7 (2nd) Points Allowed 66.9 (45th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
11.8 (16th) Off. Rebounds 10.2 (78th)
7.6 (152nd) 3pt Made 7.0 (223rd)
16.0 (30th) Assists 12.0 (272nd)
9.4 (31st) Turnovers 11.2 (182nd)

Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. Grand Canyon Betting Trends

  • The Gaels have beaten the spread 18 times in 32 games.
  • Saint Mary’s (CA)’s ATS record as 6-point favorites or more is 14-9.
  • Out of 32 Gaels games so far this season, 17 have gone over the total.
  • In 17 games this season, Saint Mary’s (CA) and its opponent have combined for more than 131.5 points.
  • The over/under in this matchup is 131.5 points, 1.5 fewer than the average total in this season’s Gaels contests.
  • Against the spread, Grand Canyon is 18-14-0 this season.
  • Saint Mary’s (CA) has played 32 games this season, and 17 of them have gone over the total.
  • Antelopes games have had over 131.5 points 27 times this year.
  • The average total for Grand Canyon’s games is 146.7 points, which is 15.2 more than this game’s over/under.

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Saint Mary’s (CA) Impact Players

  • Saxen is tops on the Gaels at 7.5 rebounds per game, while also putting up 1.5 assists and 11.7 points.
  • Augustas Marciulionis puts up a team-leading 5.2 assists per contest. He is also putting up 12.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 43.9% from the field and 34.3% from beyond the arc with 1.1 made 3-pointers per contest.
  • Aidan Mahaney paces his team in points per contest (13.9), and also posts 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. At the other end, he puts up 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • Alex Ducas is averaging 10.1 points, 2.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per contest.
  • Josh Jefferson is putting up 10.2 points, 2.2 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest.

Grand Canyon Impact Players

  • Grant-Foster tops the Antelopes in scoring (19.5 points per game), and posts 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also averages 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocked shots.
  • Gabe McGlothan is the Antelopes’ top rebounder (7.3 per game), and he averages 13.2 points and 1.1 assists.
  • Rayshon Harrison is No. 1 on the Antelopes in assists (3.8 per game), and puts up 14.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also averages 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
  • Collin Moore gives the Antelopes 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He also puts up 1.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.
  • The Antelopes receive 6.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game from Duke Brennan.

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