Just one game remains in March Madness, and the two best teams will play for the National Championship on Monday, April 5.
Gonzaga is a 4.5 point favorite over Baylor with a total of 159.5. The moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook shows Gonzaga -200 with a takeback on Baylor of +168 to win the game.
Here are the three best prop bets for tonight's NCAA Tournament finale.
1. First Half Total Points: UNDER 75.5 (-106)
What a national semifinal game and near half-court bank-in buzzer beater by Jalen Suggs to give Gonzaga a 93-90 overtime win over UCLA. Now Gonzaga and Baylor will face a quick two-day turnaround for the championship. Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring at 91.6 points per game, and Baylor if fourth, averaging 82.8. Gonzaga still ranks top-10 in KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency ratings, however, and Baylor is top-30 with a strong defensive showing in the tournament so far. They've held four of five opponents to fewer than 64 points. The emotion of the championship game (especially for Gonzaga's players off a grueling and draining semifinal) could mean less pace and energy to start the title game.
2. Davion Mitchell: Over 5.5 Assists (+114)
Baylor guard Davion Mitchell has scored double-digit points in 11 straight games, and leads the Bears in shooting during the NCAA Tournament, hitting 52% of his field goal attempts. He's also the teams assist leader, averaging 6.0 per game during the tournament after dishing out 11 dimes in the 78-59 win over Houston. UCLA's guards just had a superb game against Gonzaga, with three top perimeter players scoring 17, 19 and 29 points. Mitchell now faces a stronger defender in Jalen Suggs, and the Bears point guard is more likely to get his teammates involved in scoring with both transition passes and dribble-drive dishes to other capable shooters.
3. Joel Ayayi: Over 1.5 Made Three Pointers (+128)
We're getting a good plus price on this prop for Gonzaga senior guard Joel Ayayi. He's been shooting more in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 10 field goal attempts per game, compared to 8.2 per game on the season. That includes 4.1 attempts per game from beyond the arc. So far in the tournament only USC's top-5 efficiency defense did held him without a 3-pointe. Ayayi also played a tournament low 29 minutes that game. But he made 2-of-3 three-pointers against UCLA, 2-of-5 against Oklahoma and 3-of-10 against Creighton. With backcourt mate Jalen Suggs drawing more attention, Ayayi is going to go out shooting in his final collegiate game.
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