UCLA Vs Gonzaga Sweet 16 Point Spread, ATS Pick & How To WatchNoah Williams
With second-seeded and 8.5-point favorite Gonzaga be the wicked step-sister in the 11th-seeded UCLA Bruins Cinderella story this Friday in the much anticipated Sweet 16 betting tilt?
What ever happens on Friday, UCLA has had the luckiest NCAA tournament including having their ticket punched to March Madness on Selection Sunday when most pundits had them out of the tourney. They also avoided the play-in game, drew the inexperienced SMU Mustangs in their opening game that they won due to a phantom goal-tending call that went the Bruins way with 10.7 seconds left. Next they matched up against a lowly UAB squad and won.
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) March 21, 2015
Now with the clock ticking closer ever to midnight, the Bruins will have to contend with one of the most talented teams in the nation. A team they lost to three short months. UCLA kept pace offensively, but had no answers on defense.
After the December 13th 87-74 loss to the 6.5-point favored Gonzaga, UCLA Coach Steve Alford looked at Gonzaga as a target. If his team could, in time, match the Bulldogs’ play that night, then perhaps the season could turn around.
“They’ve been there, they’ve done that, they’ve played in games that people are giving their best shot for,” Alford said at the time. “These guys haven’t.”
A Closer Look At The UCLA Bruins Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Sweet Sixteen Point Spread, My Against The Spread Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: (11) UCLA Bruins vs (2) Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Mar. 27, 2015
Start Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: UCLA Vs Gonzaga
Point Spread: Bulldogs -8.5
Game Total: 143.5
UCLA Sweet Sixteen Projected Starting lineup
- G Bryce Alford, 6-3, So., 15.1 ppg, 5.0 apg
- G Norman Powell, 6-4, Sr., 16.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg
- G Isaac Hamilton, 6-4, So., 10.7 ppg, 3.1 apg
- F Kevon Looney, 6-9, Fr., 11.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg
- F Tony Parker, 6-9, Jr., 11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
- Coach: Steve Alford (24th season)
Gonzaga Sweet Sixteen Projected Starting lineup
- G Kevin Pangos, 6-2, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 5.0 apg
- G Gary Bell Jr., 6-1, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg
- F Byron Wesley, 6-4, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
- F Kyle Wiltjer, 6-10, Jr., 16.6 ppg, 5.8 rp
- C Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, Jr., 10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg
- Coach: Mark Few (16th season)
The Bruins are averaging 72.0 points per game (62nd), shooting 44.1% from the field and recording 13.9 assists per game (80th). The squad is led by the senior guard Norman Powell (16.4 PPG), 4.7 RPG, 2.1 APG) and sophomore guard Bryce Alford (15.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.9 APG). Their defense allows 68.0 PPG (216th) and grabs 38.0 rebounds per game (26th).
"The selection committee thought we were good enough to play in this tournament, and I think we proved it," UCLA junior forward Tony Parker said.
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) March 23, 2015
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) March 22, 2015
Gonzaga was outstanding this season, winning 32 of their 34 games this season, posting a 16-13-2 against the spread regualr season record. The Zags easily dispatched the North Dakota State Bison (86-76) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (87-68) in there two March Madness games this season while covering the point spread against the Bison, but failing to do so against the Hawkeyes. The Bulldogs are averagine 79.1 points (10th), shooting 52.4% from the field (1st), and tossing 16.5 assists per game (6th). They are led by junior forward Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.9 APG), and senior guard Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG). Also, the Gonzaga’s D defense allows 61.6 points per game (54th) and grabs 37.9 rebounds per game (30th).
The Bruins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The Bulldogs 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win, 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but 3-9 ATS in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.