The Sweet 16 kicks off on Thursday night with a quartet of outstanding match-ups, concluding with quite the nightcap: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins. Both teams have the pedigree and the recent history of making a run deep into March Madness. The minute the NCAA tournament committee announced the West Region, this potential match-up that college basketball fans circled on the bracket, has come to fruition. Who will be victorious on Thursday night -the battled-tested Bulldogs of Gonzaga or the rock-solid UCLA Bruins?
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins: Betting Odds
|Gonzaga||+1.5 (-110)||O 145.5 (-110)||+105|
|UCLA||-1.5 (-110)||U 145.5 (-110)||-125|
The Gonzaga Bulldogs’ identity, heart, and soul belong to Forward Drew Timme. Timme leads the Bulldogs in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks, shooting an exceptional 62% from the floor. The Bulldogs will lean on Drew Timme in the clutch. We know it, and the Bruins know it, but can they stop it?
Bulldogs Guard Julian Strawther remains one of the better all-around players in the tournament. Strawther averages 15 points and six rebounds per game, shooting 48% from the floor and 42% from three-point range.
Gonzaga Forward Anton Watson is a critical contributor for the Bulldogs. Watson averages 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals per game–leading the team. Watson scores 61% from the floor.
UCLA Guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. is essential to the Bruin’s success. Jaquez leads the Bruins in points and rebounds, shooting 48% from the floor. If the Bruins beat the Bulldogs, Jaquez will have to be great.
UCLA Guard Tyger Campbell is the floor general for the Bruins. UCLA has leaned on Campbell’s on-court leadership for several seasons. Campbell averages 13 points and three rebounds while leading the team in assists. Campbell shoots 38% from the floor and 86% from the stripe.
UCLA Guard Amari Bailey is underrated but critical for UCLA’s success. Bailey averages 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists while shooting 49% from the floor.
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins: Match Details
Fixture: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins
Date & Time: Thursday, March 23, 9:45 pm ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins: Prediction
Get your popcorn ready, basketball fans! This one is going to be good. The UCLA Bruins and Gonzaga Bulldogs are built for this moment and have Final Four aspirations and capabilities. Drew Timme and Jaime Jaquez Jr. are two of the most clutch players in America. The stretch run of this one will be something. The injury to Guard Jaylen Clark plays a factor for me. There’s something about this Gonzaga team that I can’t shake, and I believe there is value here. I’ll take Gonzaga to win outright.