Gonzaga vs. UCLA - 3/27/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (22-13) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (34-2)
College Basketball: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -8.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and Gonzaga Bulldogs square off Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The UCLA Bruins have won six of their last seven and are coming off a win over UAB. On the season, UCLA is averaging 72.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Norman Powell is averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while v is averaging 15.6 points and 4.9 assists. Kevon Looney is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Tony Parker is shooting 54.9 percent from the field. The UCLA Bruins have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 67.7 percent from the line and 37.1 percent from deep. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last five games.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won five straight and are coming off a win over Iowa. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 78.7 points on 52.2 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds while Kevin Pangos is averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 assists. Przemek Karnowski is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Byron Wesley is shooting 52.3 percent from the field. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 41 percent from deep. Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four of its last six games.
The Bruins are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
This is where the Bruins improbable run to the Sweet 16 comes to an end, as Gonzaga is just too good at both ends of the court. The Bulldogs aren't SMU or UAB and will make you pay for suspect defense. Look for Gonzaga to win rather easily and cover the number.