It’s an all-California battle in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, and one of the rare games with two teams that didn’t pull an upset in the first round as the Saint Mary’s Gaels take on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, March 19th at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
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Game date: Saturday, March 19th
Game time: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV channel: TBS
Location: Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Odds: UCLA -2.5, Total 127
No. 4 UCLA 26-7 (15-5 Pac-12)
First Round: Defeated No. 13 Akron 57-53
KenPom rating: 9 Overall, 13 Offense, 13 Defense
Leading scorer: Johnny Juzang, 16.0 ppg
Key stat of tournament: The Bruins have won six straight games outside the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA barely hung on as a 13.5-point favorite over the Zips in the first round, but will once again survive and advance. Tyger Campbell had 16 points and five assists, while the emergence of forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. continued with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists to advance.
No. 5 Saint Mary’s 26-7 (12-3 WCC)
First Round: Defeated No. 12 Indiana 82-53
KenPom rating: 15 Overall, 49 Offense, 9 Defense
Leading scorer: Matthias Hass, 12.6 ppg
Key stat of tournament: The Gaels were 10-21 from three-point range against Indiana, while holding the Hoosiers to 2-10.
While SMC was a 2.5-point favorite over Indiana, on a day filled with upsets the Gaels ran away and hid. Logan Johnson led all scorers with 20 points and added six rebounds, while they out-rebounded the bigger Hoosiers.