The No. 11 seed UCLA Bruins will look to win their sixth game of the 2021 NCAA Tournament when they face the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in a national semifinal matchup Saturday on CBS. The Bruins (22-9) have won four or more consecutive games in the tournament for the first time since advancing to the Final Four in 2008. UCLA had not won three consecutive NCAA Tournament games since then. The Bulldogs (30-0), meanwhile, have dominated Pac-12 Conference opponents under coach Mark Few, going 40-18 against them.
The game is set to begin at 8:34 p.m. ET from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are 14-point favorites in the latest UCLA vs. Gonzaga odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 146.5. Before making any Gonzaga vs. UCLA picks, you need to check out the 2021 NCAA Tournament Final Four predictions from SportsLine’s Larry Hartstein.
A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach. In his last 381 college basketball picks, he is 216-165 against the spread, returning $3,413 to $100 players. And he enters the third week of the NCAA Tournament 2021 on a major heater, going 21-9 on his last 30 total college basketball picks. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, he has set his sights on Gonzaga vs. UCLA in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for UCLA vs. Gonzaga:
UCLA vs. Gonzaga spread: Gonzaga -14UCLA vs. Gonzaga over-under: 146.5 pointsUCLA vs. Gonzaga money line: UCLA +750, Gonzaga -1200UCLA: The Bruins were third in the Pac-12 in fewest fouls per game at 16.1GU: The Bulldogs have won 13 consecutive games on a neutral court
Why Gonzaga can cover
Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert and Drew Timme get much of the attention for Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs have a deep roster. Bulldogs junior guard Andrew Nembhard continues to play a key role for the Zags, averaging 9.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 29.2 minutes per game. Nembhard is hitting on 48.4 percent of his field goals, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range, and 80 percent at the free throw line. In an Elite Eight win over fifth-seeded Creighton, Nembhard scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Bulldogs dominated. He has reached double figures 14 times this season, including a season-best 19 points in a win over West Virginia on Dec. 2.
Sophomore forward Anton Watson has reached double figures in seven games, including a season-high 23 points at Portland on Jan. 9. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament 2021 against Norfolk, Watson scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Zags took charge early and rolled. He is averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Why UCLA can cover
Since beating Michigan State in the First Four, the Bruins have been dominant and one of the main reasons is the play of sophomore guard Johnny Juzang, who is averaging 20 points over the team’s six NCAA Tournament 2021 games. He scored 28 points in Tuesday’s Elite Eight win over Michigan. Juzang scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first round win over sixth-seeded BYU and followed that up with a 17-point, three-rebound effort against Abilene Christian in the second-round matchup. Juzang, who earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors, is averaging 15.5 points, four rebounds and 1.6 assists per game this season. He is hitting on 42.9 percent of his field goals, including 34.7 percent from 3-point range, and 90.2 percent from the free throw line.
Bruins junior forward Cody Riley is a force inside and is averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Riley has reached double figures in 18 games, including five double-doubles. His best game was a 22-point, 13-rebound performance at Arizona State on Jan. 7. He has scored in double figures in three NCAA Tournament games, including a 12-point, 12-rebound effort against Abilene Christian in the second round of the East Region.
How to make Gonzaga vs. UCLA picks
Hartstein is leaning under on the total and he’s found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Gonzaga vs. UCLA? And which critical X-factor makes one side hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from expert who has crushed his college basketball picks.
Published: 2021-04-03 22:14:11
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