The Gonzaga Bulldogs and UCLA Bruins will meet on Saturday for a spot in the NCAAB March Madness Championship game. This is (11) UCLA v (1) Gonzaga – Gonzaga being a 14-point favorite to win this Final Four match. You can view our Final four free pick, best bet and betting line preview for today below. This Semi-Final Tip off time at 8:34 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium (airing on CBS).
The Bulldogs were well led by Drew Timme in an 85-66 win against USC on Tuesday. They are the number one College Basketball scoring team hitting 54.9% of their shots. With 37.1% of three-point attempts and an outstanding rebounding team at 38.0 per game.
However, the pressure will be on freshman point guard Jalen Suggs. Suggs averaged 13.9 points and 4.5 assists per game. If he is not rattled, Gonzaga is going to be very difficult to beat.
Gonzaga (30-0) is now looking for that undefeated season and are just two games away from achieving this. Last game up they covered the spread in their fourth win of the tournament and the teams combined to be under the 152-point over/under odds line.
Having now won all four games, with the opening win by demolishing Norfolk State, then Oklahoma, 87-71. Also defeating Creighton in Round 3, 83-65, then finally finishing off USC, 85-66. All four of the tournament contests have been WON by at least 16 points.
Drew Timme and Corey Kispert are combining together for outstanding seasons,with Kispert averaging 19.0 points per game, with a combined average better than 37 points per contest, making this a very difficult team to defend.
UCLA (22-9) has had an incredible journey to get to the NCAA Final Four. defeated the Michigan Spartans, 86-80. Then the Bruins defeated BYU, 73-62, before defeating Abilene Christian, 67-47.
The Bruins have since knocked off the top two teams in the bracket v Alabama 88-78 and Michigan 51-49. They are the second team only in NCAA history to reach the Final Four after being forced to play a First Four game. A tough road but with momentum has led them to the semi-final.
UCLA will need to slow things down and let their star, Johnny Juzang, hit the scoreboard. He scored 28 against Michigan, as the two teams combined for 100 points and he will need to do at least that again for a Bruins victory.
Jamie Jaquez, Jr. also has a big role to play in this team, averaging 12.4 points per game. His 27-point performance against Michigan State really helped propel this team into the final four part of the tournament, these two will be the keys to the success or not of UCLA.
UCLA shoots 45.8% from the field and 36.9% from three-point range, being one of the better scoring college teams in the country. However facing a team like Gonzaga, it will need to be and we look to see them try to play a game style similar to against Michigan.
March Madness NCAAB – UCLA v Gonzaga: Final Four Best Bet, free picks, lines and odds for today
Gonzaga: Final Four Fast Facts
- Timme is the Bulldogs points and rebounds leader. Contributing 19.0 points per game with 7.2 rebounds.
- Corey Kispert is the top three-point shooter for the team, connecting on 2.9 per game.
- The 91.6 ppg the Bulldogs average are 24 more points than the Bruins allow (67.6).
- Gonzaga is 16-0-2 against the spread and the undefeated season of 30-0 overall when scoring above 67.6 points.
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UCLA Final Four Fast Facts
- Juzang leads the Bruins scoring with 15.5 ppg.
- Juzang leads the three-pointers per game.
- The Bruins’ 72.9 points per game are only averaging 4.4 more points than the 68.5 the Bulldogs defense allows.
- When scoring over 68.5 points, UCLA is 12-0 ATS and 16-5 overall.
NCAAB March Madness Final Four Best Bet today – UCLA at Gonzaga: USA Best Bet, lines, odds and expert pick predictions for today
Money Line – Gonzaga 82, UCLA 68
BetMGM, Fanduel and the USA Best Bet expert pick analysts all have the Gonzaga Bulldogs as clear favorite in this final four match.
Against The Spread (ATS)
Spread for this game by the ATS computer pick model (13.3 points) is only slightly less than the 14-point edge Fanduel gives to the Bulldogs. Our data still has them as slim favorite.
Over / Under (O/U)
Computer Pick model projects a total (150.3 points) above the MGM over/under (146.5 points).
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