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UCLA Ready to Keep Fighting vs Gonzaga

Drew Timme and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are huge favorites over UCLA.

UCLA and Gonzaga are both writing incredible stories – but one of those tales will come to an end Saturday night as the Bruins and Bulldogs tangle in Final Four action. The Bruins (22-9 SU, 17-14 ATS) have stunned the basketball world by going from First Four to Final Four, but they are in tough against a Bulldogs team (30-0 SU, 16-12-2 ATS) just two wins away from a perfect season.

UCLA Bruins vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Date/Time: April 3, 8:34 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: Gonzaga -13.5 | O/U 146 (Line History)
  • UCLA vs Gonzaga Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Gonzaga opened as a 13.5-point favorite, the largest spread in a Final Four game since 1999; that line has since moved to -14 at the majority of sportsbooks. The total of 146 has held steady, though bettors will find the odd 145.5 out there.

UCLA News & Notes

What more can you say about the Bruins? Since dropping an 83-79 decision to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament, UCLA has gone on an incredible tear, reeling off five consecutive victories while covering all five – including four wins as an outright underdog. The most recent victory was the most satisfying of all, as the Bruins stunned No. 1 Michigan 51-49 to win the East Region.

Yet while UCLA is just the sixth double-digit seed to reach the Final Four in tournament history, oddsmakers are giving the Bruins the lowest chance to advance of any of them. And knocking off the high-powered Bulldogs will require a virtuoso performance from team scoring leader Johnny Juzang (15.5 ppg), who overcame an ankle injury to rack up 28 points vs the Wolverines.

Gonzaga News & Notes

If the Bruins are the Rocky Balboa of the NCAA Tournament, then it’s safe to label the Bulldogs as Ivan Drago. Gonzaga has looked dominant throughout the competition, winning each of its first four games by an average of 24 points. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that, with a win Saturday, Gonzaga will have reached the NCAA title game without having to play a team seeded higher than fifth.

Even so, there isn’t a team in the country that would be favored to beat a Gonzaga unit that averaged 91.6 points during the season and has poured in 83 or more points in each of its first four NCAA Tournament games. Star forward Drew Timme has been the catalyst as you might expect, having averaged 25 points on 64.4 percent shooting over the past three games.

Betting Pick: UCLA +14 (-110)

The Bruins have already beaten a pair of top-two seeds – and while the Bulldogs look unbeatable, 14 points is an awful lot to give to a team playing as well as UCLA is right now.

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Shark Bites
  • UCLA is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • Gonzaga is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The UNDER is 4-2 in the Bulldogs’ past 6 outings.