NCAA Tournament Betting Preview-Final 4: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins – Saturday, April 3, 2021

by Spooky Express | April 1, 2021 |

No one is surprised to see Gonzaga in the Final Four, but playing alongside UCLA is not something anyone saw coming. The Bruins lost four straight games to end the regular season, putting their tournament life in jeopardy.

UCLA had to overcome a first four matchup with Michigan State just to get to the final 64 teams. Gonzaga has been the number one ranked team in the nation from pre-season to today. Mark Few and the Bulldogs will go down as one of the most dominant teams in NCAA history.

UCLA Bruins Betting Preview

UCLA advanced to the Final Four with a close victory over Michigan 51-49 in a low-scoring affair. The Bruins have now had two overtime games, and a two-point victory in their five NCAA Tournament wins. UCLA defeated Michigan State, BYU, Abilene Christian, Alabama, and Michigan in their trip to the Final Four.

Johnny Juzang has been the goto player for Mick Cronin and the Bruins in the tournament. He has scored 108 points in five games and has seen his name skyrocket up NBA mock drafts. Juzand put up 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting against the Wolverines.

Jamie Jaquez Jr., who is usually UCLA’s second-best player, had an off night against Michigan. He only managed four points, going one for six from the field. Jaquez leads the team in rebounds (6.1), steals (1.2), and blocks (.7).

Juzang leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Juzang can finish games at the free-throw line, where he is shooting 90.2%.

UCLA is ranked 15th by Kenpom. The offense is ranked 13th in efficiency, and the defense ranks 45th.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Preview

The Bulldogs completed another goal punching their ticket to the Final Four. But, with the talent on this team, anything less than a National Championship would be considered a disappointment.

The Bulldogs have defeated their four opponents by a total of 96 points. The best performance in the last 20 years was North Carolina who was +90 in 2009. 

Drew Timme leads Gonzaga in scoring at 19.0 points per game. He is shooting 67.2% from the two-point range and is ranked by Kenpom as the most efficient player in college basketball.

If Timme is having an off night, the Bulldogs feature Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, and Joel Ayayi, who are all averaging double figures. Kispert is shooting 45.2% from the three-point range and 62.4% from inside the arc.

Gonzaga is ranked number one by every ranking system that is commonly used. The offense ranks 1st in efficiency, and the defense is 5th.

UCLA vs. Gonzaga Betting Odds & Lines

MyBookie has Gonzaga as a 14-point favorite. The total is set at 145 points.

Free Betting Pick

The 14 point spread is the largest in the Final Four or National Championship game. This shows you how dominant this Bulldogs team is. They have had the largest spread in each round and covered all four times.

While the Bruins have been playing really well and finding ways to win, this Gonzaga team is just too good. Gonzaga dominates from the opening tip and covers the big spread.

Gonzaga 85, UCLA 68

Spooky Express Free Pick: Gonzaga -14

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