Matthew Dellavedova: 5 NCAA Tournament Predictions for St. Mary's Star

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 05:  Matthew Dellavedova #4 of the Saint Mary's Gaels drives against Gary Bell Jr. #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the championship game of the West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saint Mary's won 78-74 in overtime.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Matthew Dellavedova and the St. Mary Gaels hope to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament, and they stand a good chance of going to the Sweet 16.

Here are five predictions for the St. Mary's star on his NCAA performance.


Dellavedova Will Score 15 Points Against Purdue

Dellavedova averages 15.6 points a game this year, and expect him to reach that mark Friday night against Purdue.

The Gaels are an offensively-potent team, as they score 74.9 points a night, and the Boilermakers struggle on the defensive end.


Dellavedova Has 10 Assists Against Purdue

Dellavedova is one of the better passers in college basketball, as his 6.4 dishes per game provide any indication.

The ball movement Dellavedova helps facilitate makes the Gaels a dangerous bunch. The rank 14th in the nation in assists per game (15.9).

The Boilermakers don't have anyone impressive on the defensive end, so expect Dellavedova to give teammates easy baskets.


Dellavedova Helps St. Mary's Roll Past Boilermakers

Purdue had an early exit in the Big Ten Tournament and is 8-8 in its last 16 contests.

Robbie Hummel is a great player, but other than him, the Boilermakers don't have anyone scary.

Give Dellavedova and the Gaels this one.


Dellavedova Collects 25 points in Round of 32 Game

Dellavedova and the Gaels will have confidence after beating Purdue, and Dellavedova will be feeling the offensive groove.

For the Gaels to advance, they need to get the ball in Dellavedova's hands a lot.


Dellavedova and St. Mary's Lose to Kansas

St. Mary's will most likely face No. 2 Kansas for their next matchup; the Jayhawks are a much tougher draw than the Boilermakers.

Kansas is 4-4 against Top 25 teams with wins over Ohio State, Baylor and Missouri. They have experience and explosive players in Thomas Robinson (17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds) and  Tyshawn Taylor (17.3 points, 4.5 assists).

Dellavedova and his Gaels will put up a good fight, but will ultimately lose.