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NCAA Tourney Picks for Yale vs San Diego State Round of 32 Matchup

If you’re one of the people whose March Madness bracket had Yale in the second round of this year’s NCAA Tournament, you’re one of the few. Now the 13th-seeded Bulldogs try to follow up on their first-round upset of fourth-seeded Auburn when they face fifth-seeded San Diego State in a second-round matchup on Sunday in the East Region.

The Aztecs (25-10) advanced with a narrow victory over UAB in the first round and are looking to make another strong run after last year’s title-game appearance. Yale (23-9) is thought to be overmatched again, but as we saw in the first round, the Bulldogs aren’t going to pay attention to everyone’s expectations. The team’s belief in itself has us believing in them to go against the NCAAB odds and keep this one close, if not win it outright.

NCAA Tourney Picks for Yale vs San Diego State Round of 32 Matchup
Jaedon Ledee #13 Of The San Diego State Aztecs /steph Chambers / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp


Game Information

  • Game: Yale (23-9) vs San Diego State (25-10)
  • Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 7:35 p.m. ET
  • Location: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash.
  • Yale vs San Diego State Stream: TBS.com


This will be the first meeting between these schools. The college basketball odds favor the higher-seeded Aztecs, who are giving 5½ points. The over/under for the game is set at 128½ points.

Yale vs San Diego State Odds and Spreads




  • San Diego State is 3-7 ATS over its last 10 contests.
  • Yale has 16 ATS wins this season.
  • The Aztecs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite.
  • The over is 5-1 in the Bulldogs’ last six contests.
  • Yale has covered in five of its last six games.
  • San Diego State is 10-0 straight-up in its last 10 games played on a Sunday.
  • The under is 8-4 over the Aztecs’ last 12 contests.
  • The over has hit in four of Yales’ last five games played on a Sunday.

Over/Under Pick: Over 128½ (-110)

While the odds to win NCAA championship aren’t high for either team, both are playing well, especially offensively. The best offensive player for the Bulldogs in their opening-round win was junior guard John Poulakidas, who scored 28 points, including hitting 6-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. He, like many Bulldogs, can shoot the ball from all over the floor, making it hard to focus on a certain area defensively.

The Aztecs’ offense is balanced after top scorer Jaedon LeDee, who averages 21.4 points per game. Four other San Diego State players average between 7.6 and 10.0 points and can come out with strong offensive performances as well. This won’t be an up-and-down affair, but both teams will be efficient scoring the ball, pushing this total to the over.



ATS Pick: Yale +5½ (-110)

The Aztecs rely on LeDee, which means the Bulldogs have a focus point for their solid defense. They’ll have to play strong in the paint against the strong LeDee, who also averages 8.4 rebounds and shoots 55.9% from the floor, but the Bulldogs were able to stand tall against a bigger Auburn front line in the first round.

San Diego State was part of ruining the March Madness bracket of nearly everyone when it made a run to the national title game a season ago. The Aztecs know the potential of a Cinderella and won’t take Yale lightly, but that doesn’t mean they’ll blow them out. This game is going to be tight throughout, but we like the experience of the Aztecs to get them the straight-up victory.



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Score Prediction

San Diego State 81, Yale 77



Questions of the Day

Have Yale and San Diego State faced each other before?

This will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Aztecs.

Who does the winner of the Yale vs San Diego State game face next?

The winner of this contest advances to the East Regional semifinals, where it will face either Connecticut or Northwestern in the Sweet 16.

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