No. 12 seed Indiana had to pick up an extra win to make it into the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, but the Hoosiers came through with a 66-58 win over Wyoming on Tuesday night. They will now get set for a matchup with No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s on Thursday. The Gaels are in their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Randy Bennett after finishing in second place in the West Coast Conference.
Tipoff is at 7:20 p.m. ET in Portland. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Gaels as 2.5-point favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 125 in the latest Indiana vs. Saint Mary’s odds. Before making any Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana 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: 125 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
Saint Mary’s established itself as the second-best team in the West Coast Conference down the stretch of the regular season, finishing with a four-game winning streak. The Gaels picked up their signature win on Feb. 26 in their regular-season finale, knocking off No. 1 Gonzaga by 10 points. They were unable to get past the Bulldogs in a rematch at the WCC Tournament last week, but they were still able to play a competitive game.
This is Saint Mary’s highest seed in its eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Randy Bennett. Senior forward Matthias Tass paces a balanced lineup with 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The Gaels have covered the spread in six straight games following a loss this season.
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 134 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.
So who wins Saint Mary’s vs. Indiana? And which side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.