No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s enters the 2022 NCAA Tournament with its highest seeding in its eight trips to the Big Dance under head coach Randy Bennett. The Gaels will open with a first-round matchup against No. 12 seed Indiana on Thursday night. Indiana advanced out of the First Four against Wyoming on Tuesday night, recording a 66-58 win in the play-in.
Tipoff is set for 7:20 p.m. ET at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Gaels as 2.5-point favorites in the latest Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana odds. The over-under for points scored is set at 124.5. Before entering any Indiana vs. Saint Mary’s picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana and revealed its coveted picks and predictions for the NCAA Tournament 2022. You can head to SportsLine to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Indiana vs. Saint Mary’s:
- Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana spread: Saint Mary’s -2.5
- Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana over-under: 124.5 points
- Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana money line: Saint Mary’s -145, Indiana +125
- Indiana: The Hoosiers are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games
- Saint Mary’s: The Gaels are 10-1 against the spread in its last 11 Thursday games
What you need to know about Indiana
Indiana was able to pick up some steam in the Big Ten Tournament when it knocked off Michigan and Illinois in consecutive games. The Hoosiers came up just short against Iowa in the semifinals, but they snuck into the NCAA Tournament as a play-in team. They took care of business against Wyoming in a battle between No. 12 seeds on Tuesday, advancing to the first round in a 66-58 final.
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis leads Indiana with 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Xavier Johnson is scoring 12.2 points and dishing out 5.1 assists, while junior forward Race Thompson is adding 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Hoosiers have covered the spread in four straight games as underdogs.
What you need to know about Saint Mary’s
The West Coast Conference was as deep as it has ever been this season, sending three teams to the NCAA Tournament. Saint Mary’s has proven it can beat any team in the country, as it has a win over top overall seed Gonzaga on its resume. The Gaels earned the respect of the selection committee, picking up wins over Oregon and Notre Dame during non-conference play as well.
They come into this game with a rest advantage, arriving in Portland on Tuesday for a few days of preparation. Indiana had to play late Tuesday night before getting on a flight from Ohio to Oregon on Wednesday. Saint Mary’s is experienced, protects the ball and plays excellent defense, making it a quality postseason pick.
How to make Indiana vs. Saint Mary’s picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 133 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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