UCLA vs South Carolina Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 25 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Bruins Keep it Close)
UCLA vs South Carolina Game Info
- 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament Game
- No. 17 UCLA (27-9) vs. No. 1 South Carolina (34-0)
- Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
- Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena -- Greenville, SC
- Coverage: ESPN
The 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament continues on Saturday with a Sweet 16 matchup between the UCLA Bruins and South Carolina Gamecocks. UCLA is aiming for its first Elite 8 appearance since 2018, while South Carolina is looking to advance past the Sweet 16 for the third straight season.
UCLA is coming off an 82-73 second-round win over Oklahoma where Charisma Osborne balled out with 36 points and 8 rebounds. Meanwhile, South Carolina took care of business in a 76-45 victory over South Florida thanks to Zia Cooke's 21 points.
Which team will advance with a win on Saturday? Let's take a look.
UCLA vs South Carolina Odds & Spread
- All women's college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: UCLA: (+1200) | SCAR: (-3000)
- Spread: UCLA: +17.5 (-114) | SCAR: -17.5 (-105)
- Total: 127.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
South Carolina enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 2 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 127.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.
UCLA vs South Carolina Prediction & Pick
While two No. 1 seeds have already fallen in this year's NCAA Women's Tournament, it's clear that South Carolina is doing everything it can to avoid being the third. The Gamecocks have beaten both of their first two opponents by at least 31 points while holding them to a combined 27.7% shooting mark.
South Carolina's defense should excel again on Saturday considering UCLA only ranks 76th in points per game (70.5). The Bruins are not any better on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 61.8 points per game (No. 103 in NCAA). The Gamecocks have a chance to build a substantial lead right away.
It's been over a year since South Carolina lost a game outright, so take the Gamecocks to advance.
Final Score Prediction: UCLA: 60 | South Carolina: 72
UCLA vs South Carolina Best Bet
It's worth noting that these two teams met up back on November 29 in what ended up being a 73-64 win for South Carolina. UCLA held its ground, though, and overcame a rowdy road environment to cover as a 24-point underdog. Osborne couldn't be stopped as she scored 24 points in that game.
Look for the senior guard to do just enough on Saturday to keep her team within striking distance.
Bet: UCLA Bruins +17.5 (-114)
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