Can the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks keep their Cinderella story alive when they face the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in their Final Four tilt this weekend?
The Final Four betting spread favors Gonzaga by 7-points to beat South Carolina.
Both teams will be appearing in their first Final Four when¬†the game tips off this Saturday, April 1st at 6:09 PM ET on CBS from the University of Phoenix Stadium,in Glendale, Arizona.
South Carolina Gamecocks Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Spread, ATS Pick & How To Watch
What: No.7 South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10) vs No.1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (36-1)
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Start Time: 6:09 PM ET
Where: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Gonzaga -7
Moneyline: South Carolina +240 vs Gonzaga -260
Game Total: 138.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: South Carolina vs Gonzaga
Why Bet The South Carolina Gamecocks To Beat The Bulldogs
South Carolina is 4-0 ATS in the tournament after beating Florida 77-70 in the Elite Eight round. The Gamecocks are 26-10 SU and 17-15-2 ATS this season. They average 73.2 points per game (179th) and give up 64.9 points (31st). South Carolina has knocked off the No. 2 (Duke), No. 3 (Baylor) and No. 4 (Florida) seeds in the East.
Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell (21.3 PPG & 7.3 RPG) has been unstoppable during South Carolina’s unlikely March Madnes title run. He’s averaging 25.8 points per game. Thornwell scored 26 points against Florida, going 8-13 from the field.
"He’s capable of doing anything on both sides of the basketball. So it doesn’t surprise me," the Gamecocks Duane Notice said. "His senior leadership just kicked in. He don’t want us to lose. He don’t want our season to end."
The Gamecocks are shooting 47.6% from the field (37th) in the tournament while shooting 32.9% from three-point land (87th). They average 36.3 rebounds (38th) and 12.6 assists (235th) per game. Sindarius Thornwell leads the team with 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.
Why Bet The Gonzaga Bulldogs To Beat The Gamecocks
Gonzaga is coming off their best performance in the NCAA Basketball tournament. The Bulldogs beat Xavia by a 83-59 score. They are 36-1 SU and 21-10-2 ATS. They average 83.2 points (14th) and give up 60.9 points per game (4th).
Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss (16.7 PPG & 5.9 RPG) was the best Bulldog against Xavier. He scored 23 points after shooting 7-9 from the field and 4-7 from three points. Junior forward Johnathan Williams (10.3 PPG & 6.6 RPG) added 19 points and eight rebounds.
"Just an incredible feeling of elation and satisfaction," coach Mark Few said. "It’s been a long, hard journey to get this program here."
Gonzaga has shot 43.2 % from the field (81st) during March Madness and 35.0% from beyond the arc (68th). They average 40.5 rebounds (7th) and 15.4 assists per game (62nd). Johnathan Williams leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and Nigel Williams-Goss is tops with 1.8 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
- Bulldogs are 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall.
- Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
- Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Expert South Carolina vs Gonzaga Final Four ATS Pick
South Carolina is going to be a very popular bet with the public thanks to its perfect 4-0 ATS mark.¬†I am all in on the Gamecocks as well.
South Carolina +7.