West Region Vegas Odds & Free ATS College Basketball Picks: VCU Rams vs Saint Mary's-California Gaels
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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West Region Vegas Odds & Free ATS College Basketball Picks: VCU Rams vs Saint Mary's-California Gaels

#10 VCU Rams vs. #7 Saint Mary's-California Gaels

Rams: 26-8 (4-3 N)
Gaels: 28-4 (3-1 N)
When: 7:20 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: TBS

The tenth-seeded VCU Rams will be making their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and will attempt to make it past the round of 32 for the first time since 2011 as they get set to lock horns with the seventh-seeded Saint Mary’s Gaels in a West Region first round showdown set to be played Thursday at the Vivint Smart Arena in Salt lake City, Utah.

In 2011, the Rams went from First four to the Final Four only to lose 62-60 to Butler. It has been their best performance in school history. They will face Saint Mary’s for the first time ever. The Gaels will be making their first Big Dance entrance for the first time since 2013 when they reached the second round but lost to Memphis.

VCU beat George Mason and Richmond to reach the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship but lost 70-63 to Rhode Island which was their second loss of the year to their conference namesake. The Rams have a pretty strong defense which ranks 44th in the nation but none better than the Gaels who rank second with 56.5 points allowed per game.

The Gaels, who lost only four games on the season but 3 came at the hands of Gonzaga including for the WCC Championship, has held ten opponents to fifty points or fewer this season. While both offenses match up in many aspects, the Gaels’ defense will prove to be the difference.

BetOnline has the Saint Mary's-California listed as 4½-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 129½.

#10 VCU Rams vs. #7 Saint Mary's-California Gaels West Region Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
743 VCU
126
744 Saint Mary's-California
-4½
  Moneyline
+160/-185

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Last time out for Saint Mary's-California, they were a 74-56 loser as they battled Bulldogs on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +4.5-point underdog.

In their last action, VCU was a 70-63 loser at home against Rams. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs.

#10 VCU Rams vs. #7 Saint Mary's-California Gaels West Region Vegas Odds & Trends

VCU:
VCU is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
VCU is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games

Saint Mary's-California:
Saint Mary's-California is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Saint Mary's-California is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saint Mary's-California's last 6 games

Free ATS College Basketball Picks: Saint Mary's-California -4½ at BetOnline

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