UConn vs Gonzaga Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 25 NCAA Elite 8 Game (Offenses Trade Buckets in Las Vegas)
By Larry Rupp
UConn vs Gonzaga Game Info
- 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
- UConn (28-8) vs. Gonzaga (31-5)
- Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
- Time: 8:49 PM ET
- Venue: T-Mobile Arena -- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Coverage: TBS
The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Saturday with a great Elite 8 matchup between the No. 4 UConn Huskies and No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs. UConn is looking to earn its first trip to the Final Four since 2014, while Gonzaga is aiming to reach its third Final Four in the last six NCAA Tournaments.
UConn destroyed Arkansas in an 88-65 Sweet 16 victory on Thursday behind Jordan Hawkins' team-high 24 points. Meanwhile, Gonzaga snuck by UCLA in a 79-76 win thanks to Julian Strawther's go-ahead three-pointer with seven seconds left. Which team will in the West Region on Saturday night?
UConn vs Gonzaga Odds & Spread
- All college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: UCONN: (-132) | GONZ: (+110)
- Spread: UCONN: -2.5 (-105) | GONZ: +2.5 (-115)
- Total: 153.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
UConn enters this contest as a slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This Elite 8 clash also features an over/under of 153.5 points, with both sides available at -110 odds.
UConn vs Gonzaga Betting Trends
- Against the spread, UConn is 24-12-0 this year.
- The Huskies are 22-12 as 1.5-point favorites or more.
- This season, 20 of UConn's 36 games have gone over the point total.
- Gonzaga has covered the spread 15 times in 35 games.
- The Bulldogs have two wins ATS (2-2) as a 1.5-point underdog or greater this season.
- This year, 21 of Gonzaga's 35 games have hit the over.
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UConn vs Gonzaga Prediction & Pick
Strawther may have made the go-ahead shot on Thursday, but it was senior Drew Timme that fueled Gonzaga's performance once again. He logged 36 points (16-of-24 shooting) and 13 rebounds. The matchup between Timme and UConn big man Adama Sanogo will be one to watch on Saturday night.
These teams are evenly matched up in a ton of ways, but that is not true when it comes to turnovers. UConn gives the ball away 13.0 times per game (No. 241 in NCAA), while Gonzaga only tallies 10.7 turnovers per contest (No. 34 in NCAA). The Huskies logged 17 turnovers against the Razorbacks.
Those extra scoring chances are going to come in handy for a Bulldogs offense that already averages an NCAA-best 86.1 points per game. Keep in mind UConn has struggled when facing elite offenses. The Huskies are 1-4 when allowing more than 76 points and 6-7 when allowing more than 66 points.
Final Score Prediction: UConn: 78 | Gonzaga: 81
UConn vs Gonzaga Best Bet
This game has everything it needs to be a high-scoring contest that comes down to the wire in Las Vegas. It may even take an overtime period or two to figure out a winner. UConn and Gonzaga rank among the top 10 teams in offensive efficiency and among the top 45 teams in shooting percentage.
Each team is also averaging 81.7 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, which goes to show that the offenses are clicking at the right time. The total has hit the over in 10 of Gonzaga's last 13 games overall as well as in each of its last five games as an underdog. Back those trends to continue.
Bet: Over 153.5 Total Points (-110)
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