2022 NCAA Tournament: How to Watch UCLA vs. Saint Mary's, Game Preview and Game Thread

Tyger Campbell (photo by Jan Kim Lim)
Tyger Campbell was the hero on Thursday. Who will lead the Bruins this afternoon? (Photo Credit: Jan Kim Lim/uclabruins.com)

This afternoon, the UCLA Bruins will square off against the Saint Mary’s Gaels for the first time since I was a sophomore back in 1990. The Bruins won that game in Pauley by a score of 123-93. In those days, whenever UCLA scored 100 points, it meant free burgers from the Burger King location just off campus. Just how long ago was that last meeting? Thirmmafafm…Well, let’s just say Burger King closed years ago and now there is a Chik-Fil-A in its place. That long.

So, the Gaels don’t exactly have a score to settle with the Bruins this afternoon for that game so long ago. Saint Mary’s has certainly earned a reputation for playing excellent basketball since and Thursday’s game was no exception.

On Thursday, the Gaels crushed Indiana, 82-53. In fact, 29 points marks the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament win for Saint Mary’s. It was also the largest margin of defeat in NCAA Tournament history for Indiana. Saint Mary’s made 10 shots from beyond the arc on Thursday, the most they’ve ever made in an NCAA Tournament game.

This puts the Bruins in a dangerous situation because, for most of their game against Akron on Thursday, UCLA was cold from beyond the arc. If the Gaels are hitting threes while the Bruins are not, the results could prove to be disastrous for UCLA.

Starting Five

Saint Mary’s is led by center Matthias Tass. The 6’ 10” senior from Estonia averages 12.6 points per game for the Gaels to go along with his 6.1 rebounds per game which also leads the team.

Guard Tommy Kuhse is in his fifth season with Saint Mary’s. The graduate student from Mesa, Arizona has played his entire career with the Gaels. This season, he is averaging 12.2 points per game, making him the second best scorer on the team. He also leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game.

The Gaels’ third best scorer is a guy that Bruin coach Mick Cronin should be familiar with. That’s because Logan Johnson played his freshman season for Cronin at Cincinnati. Rather than following Mick to Westwood, Johnson returned home to Northern California to play for Saint Mary’s. Not surprisingly, Johnson plays tough defense and had the second most steals in a season in Gaels’ history in addition to his 11.8 ppg average.

Saint Mary’s final player averaging in double figures is Australian Alex Ducas. The junior guard/forward is averaging 10.3 ppg for the Gaels. The final starter for Saint Mary’s is junior forward Kyle Bowen. Bowen averages just 5.6 ppg, but he is second on the team in rebounds with an average of 5.6 per game.

Outlook

Saint Mary’s is going to be a much tougher opponent than Akron. If UCLA plays like they did the other night, the Gaels will take advantage of the situation and probably bury the Bruins. UCLA will need to play much better today than they did the other night if the Bruins want to advance to this year’s Sweet 16.

Personally, I expect that Mick will make sure Thursday’s game serves as a wake-up call for the Bruins and I think UCLA will play a lot better than they did the other night. The Bruins are still an experienced team and experienced teams find ways to win, just like they did on Thursday. The question is: Which Bruin will step up to lead them today?

Listen to the Game With TMB!

TuneIn.com now has UCLA’s games listed as “premium” content. So, rather than using TuneIn, you can just listen through the official website like we have done with the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call tonight’s game. Tonight’s game is on TBS with Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Andy Katz calling the game. If you don’t want listen to them on TV and prefer to listen to Lewin and Murray, just be sure to right-click on it so that you can open up another tab and have it going while you chat in the comments below. Listen to today’s game online.

In the meantime, here’s how to watch tonight’s game:

This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Akron Zips 2022 NCAA Tournament First Round game thread.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Second Round

  • Teams: 5-seed St. Mary’s Gaels (26-7) vs. 4-seed UCLA Bruins (26-7)

  • Series Record: UCLA leads, 10-2

  • When: 4:10 pm PT, Saturday, March 19, 2022

  • Where: Moda Arena, Portland, OR

  • TV: TBS with Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, and Andy Katz

  • Live Stream: MarchMadness.com and the March Madness Live app

  • Radio: AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
    Westwood One: Ryan Radtke and Dan Dickau

    Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 137 & XM Ch. 204

  • Audio Stream:
    uclabruins.com

  • Live Stats: NCAA.com

  • Game Notes:
    UCLA
    St. Mary’s

Go Bruins!!!


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