UCLA Bruins vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 4/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: UCLA (+13.5)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-0) host the UCLA Bruins (22-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday in the Final Four. The line on this game has Gonzaga as 13.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 146.
UCLA comes into this game with a mark of 22-9 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 10.5 times per game and as a squad they commit 16.1 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, UCLA is collecting 35.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 416 assists for the year, which has them ranked 38th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Bruins are connecting on 36.9% on three-point shots (210 of 569) and 71.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 72.9 points per contest (126th in the nation) while shooting 45.8% from the field. On the defensive end, the Bruins are forcing their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.1 fouls. They are giving up 33.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 99th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (67.6). The Bruins defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 43.5% (761 of 1,748) and they concede 31.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 290th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 371 relinquished for the campaign.
The UCLA Bruins faced the Michigan Wolverines and went home with a win by a final score of 51-49 in the Elite 8. UCLA ended with a 38.9% field goal percentage (21 of 54) and converted 3 of their 13 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bruins made 6 of their 7 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. In regard to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 27 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 dimes for this game as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In regard to defense, UCLA allowed their opponent to shoot 39.2% from the floor on 20 of 51 shooting. Michigan doled out 12 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Additionally, Michigan collected 32 boards (8 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Michigan ended up going 54.5% from the charity stripe by burying 6 of their 11 attempts. They knocked down 3 of 11 shots from distance.
Johnny Juzang is a guy who was a factor for this game. He notched 28 points on 11 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins played and also snagged 2 rebounds. Juzang went 57.9% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Bruins was Tyger Campbell. He snagged 1 rebound in his 33 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the field for the contest by connecting on 5-of-10 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Campbell totaled 2 assists.
Gonzaga has a record of 30-0 for the campaign. Gonzaga has tallied 2,748 points on the year (91.6 per game) and they pull in 38.0 boards per game. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 16.3 personal fouls per game and they shoot 73.5% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 54.9% from the field, which ranks them 10th in college basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 18.6 times per game (2nd in college basketball) and they cough up possession 12.0 times per contest. The Bulldogs on the defensive side of the court are 120th in the country in points given up per game with 68.5. They are able to force 14.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (78th in D-1). The Gonzaga defense concedes 31.9% on 3-point shots (199 of 623) and opponents are knocking down 69.7% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.3 assists and 30.0 boards per contest, which has them ranked 62nd and 15th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the Gonzaga Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 85-66 against the USC Trojans in the Elite 8. The Bulldogs were able to collect 27 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this game. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Trojans were called for 13 fouls in this game which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to convert 12 of the free throws for a rate of 70.6%. Regarding shots from downtown, Gonzaga converted 7 out of their 21 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Bulldogs shot 33 for 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Bulldogs permitted the Trojans to bury 24 of their 62 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.7% in this matchup. They finished 26.7% from three-point range by shooting 4 of 15 and ended up shooting 14 out of 19 at the free throw line (73.7%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Gonzaga allowed USC to snag 27 overall (7 offensive).
Drew Timme ended up having an impact for the Bulldogs in this game. He converted 10 out of 19 for this contest for a field goal rate of 52.6%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. Timme scored 23 points in his 31 mins on the court and had 4 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that was important for Gonzaga was Corey Kispert. He finished with 2 dimes in 37 minutes played, and he converted 6 out of 19 from the floor. Kispert finished going 31.6% from the field while collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Gonzaga (-13.5)
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