NCAA Tournament Betting Preview-Elite 8: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. USC Trojans – Tuesday, March 30, 2021

by Spooky Express | March 30, 2021 |

While no one will be favored against Gonzaga, this might be the closest spread the rest of the way. The Trojans have NBA-talent in Evan Mobley, are playing well, and have length and depth.

USC has defeated Drake, Kansas, and Oregon on their way to the Elite Eight. Gonzaga has blown all three of their opponents out in Norfolk State, Oklahoma, and Creighton.

USC Trojans Betting Preview

The Trojans dominated their Pac-12 rival Oregon from start to finish in an 82-68 victory. USC had four players in double figures, led by Isaiah Eddy’s 22 points ending a 20-year Elite Eight drought.

Evan Mobley is the star player for USC and a likely top-three NBA draft pick. Mobley leads the team in scoring (16.3), rebounds (8.8), and blocks (3.0). Mobley is shooting 62.1% from inside the arc.

Mobley’s brother Isaiah is the team’s best three-point shooter at 44.4%. He is averaging 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Tahj Eaddy is the other USC player averaging double figures at 13.7 points per game. Eddy is shooting 39% from the three-point range.

The Trojans are ranked 6th overall by Kenpom. The offense ranks 14th in efficiency while the defense is 4th. USC has the best defense inside the arc, holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 41.5%.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Preview

The Bulldogs have been the best team in college basketball since day one. They are now one game away from a trip to the Final Four.

The Bulldogs have only had one game all season finish within single digits. That was against West Virginia during an 87-82 victory on December 2nd.

Corey Kispert leads Gonzaga in scoring at 19.0 points per game. He is shooting 67.9% from the two-point range and 46.2% from outside the arc.

If Kispert is having an off night, the Bulldogs feature Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs, and Joel Ayayi who are all averaging double figures. Kenpom has Timme as the most efficient player in college basketball.

Kenpom, as well as almost every other computer model, has Gonzaga as the best team in college basketball. The offense ranks 1st in efficiency and the defense is 7th.

USC at Gonzaga Betting Odds & Lines

MyBookie has Gonzaga as a 9-point favorite. The total is set at 153.5 points.

Free Betting Pick

This game features the best two-point defense in the nation against the best two-point offense in the nation. USC is playing extremely well and is still a 9-point underdog. This is not disrespect, it just tells you how good this Gonzaga team really is.

I do think USC can keep this close. Their length and defense will give the Bulldogs some problems, and why I don’t think the Trojans will win, I think they will be the second team to keep a game within single digits.

I also expect this line to move a point towards USC, so I would jump on the Trojans now. I am taking USC +9.

Gonzaga 80, USC 73

Spooky Express Free Pick: USC +9

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