After winning their First Four matchup on Tuesday night the No. 11 Saint Mary's Gaels will be looking for a second NCAA Tournament victory on Thursday afternoon as they take on the No. 6 Memphis Tigers.
Saint Mary's rolled over Middle Tennessee in their play-in game on Tuesday in Dayton, winning 67-54 and easily covering the 2.5-point spread at the sportsbooks in the process. The OVER has gone 10-2 for totals bettors in Memphis' last 12 Tournament games.
The Tigers sit at 30-4 (15-16 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Gaels are currently 28-6 (16-16 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Memphis is 20-8-1 OU, and St. Mary's is 14-15 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 23 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Gaels, who rate No. 42 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-81 victory for the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Memphis's No. 39-rated squad against St. Mary's's No. 70-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Memphis rates No. 158 in the country with 6.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 nationally with 7.9 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, St. Mary's owns the country's No. 42-rated mark, allowing 63.2 points per game on the highway. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 42 in scoring at home.
St. Mary's was a 67-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee got 16 points from Marcos Knight but lost anyway, 67-54, to St. Mary's on Tuesday at Dayton Arena.
Last time out for Memphis, they were a 91-79 winner as they battled Southern Miss at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Memphis got 23 points from Chris Crawford en route to a 91-79 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday at BOK Center.