NCAA Basketball: #1 Gonzaga vs. #2 UCLA Betting Preview, Odds, and Picks

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On Tuesday, November 23, #1 Gonzaga faces #2 UCLA in a big early season 2021-22 NCAA College Basketball showdown between two Hoops powerhouses at the T-Mobile Arena, in Paradise, Nevada (ESPN, 10 pm ET/8 CT/7 pm PT).

The Bruins (9/1 to win 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship, BetOnline) and Bulldogs (5/1 to win 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship) met in last season’s Final Four where Gonzaga eliminated UCLA, 93-90 in the National Semifinals.

UCLA (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) will be facing Bellarmine (0-4) on Monday and will head in confidently to Sin City representing the Pac-12 Conference where they are solid Even money Favorites +100) by online oddsmakers to win the Regular Season.

Gonzaga (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) will head in off a Monday game in the same Good Sam Empire Classic Tournament against MAC side Central Michigan (1-2 SU, 10-2 ATS) here in Paradise (ESPNU, 11 pm ET/8 pm PT).

The winner of this game could end up being the No. 1 seed in the West Regional with the loser possibly looking at a No. 2 bracket line depending on what transpires the rest of the Fall and this coming Winter on the collegiate hardwood.

The opening tip off time for this Good Sam Empire Classic Tournament game between Johnny Juzang and the Bruins and Drew Timme and the Zags from the T-Mobile Center in Paradise (Las Vegas), Nevada is scheduled for 10 pm ET.

Gonzaga vs. UCLA Odds and Betting History

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams MoneyLine Point Spread Total
Gonzaga NA -5½ -110 NA
UCLA NA +5½ -110 NA

Betting Data: #1 Gonzaga vs. #2 UCLA

Betting Data Gonzaga UCLA
KenPom Ranking #1 #7
KenPom AdjEM +31.79 +24.31
2021 Point Differential +28.8 ppg +25.6 ppg
2021-22 SU Record (ATS) 4-0 (2-2 ATS) 3-1 (3-1 ATS)
2021-22 SU Home (ATS) 4-0 (2-2 ATS) 3-1 (3-1 ATS)
2021-22 SU Away (ATS) 0-0 (0-0 ATS) 0-0 (0-0 ATS)
2021-22 Over/Under 1-3-0 4-0-0
2021-22 PF-PA 89.8-61.0 94.8-69.2

Last 5 Head to Head Meetings: Gonzaga vs. UCLA

Game Date Final Score ATS Winner Total O/U Win ML Winner
4/3/2021 GONZ 93 UCLA 90 (OT) UCLA +11 147½ Over GONZ
12/12/2015 UCLA 71 @GONZ 66 UCLA +13 147 Under UCLA
3/27/2015 GONZ 74 UCLA 62 GONZ -8½ 144 Under GONZ
12/13/2014 GONZ 87 @UCLA 74 GONZ -5½ 146 Over GONZ
3/23/2006 @UCLA 73 GONZ 71 NA NA NA UCLA

Opening Odds and Line Movement for Game

The line opened with Gonzaga as -5½ Point Spread at NCAAB betting sites on Monday night with the Over/Under and Money Line still not out.

Head to Head Betting Trends

  • Gonzaga is 4-2 SU in the six lifetime series meetings
  • Gonzaga is 3-3 ATS in the six lifetime series meetings
  • All seven series meetings have been held in different locations
  • Gonzaga is 2-0 SU in the two Neutral Site series meetings
  • Home team is 1-3 SU in the non-Neutral site series meetings

Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Trends

  • Gonzaga is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 Neutral Site games
  • Gonzaga is 5-2 ATS in its last seven after SU WIN of 20+
  • Gonzaga is 6-4 ATS last 10 games overall
  • Gonzaga is 2-4 ATS last six games overall
  • Gonzaga is 31-1 SU in its last 32 games overall
  • Gonzaga has scored 83 or more points in its last 10 Wins
  • Over is 13-6 in the last 19 Gonzaga Neutral site games
  • Over is 22-8 in the last 30 Gonzaga games overall after SU WIN of 20+
  • Over is 13-6 in the last 19 games at a Neutral Site
  • Under is 6-4 in the last 10 Gonzaga games overall
  • Under 4-1 in the last five Gonzaga games overall
  • Gonzaga is 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games on Tuesday
  • Gonzaga is 104 ATS in its last 14 games at a Neutral Site

UCLA Bruins Betting Trends

  • UCLA is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall
  • UCLA has scored 86 or more points in its last five games
  • Over is 7-3 in the last 10 UCLA games overall
  • Over is 5-0 in the last 10 five UCLA games overall
  • Over averaging +25.0 ppg over the Total in L5 UCLA games (Over 5-0)
  • UCLA is 6-0 ATS in in its last six games at a Neutral Site
  • UCLA is 4-0 ATS in its last four games played on Tuesday
  • UCLA is 18-7-1 ATS L26 games vs. teams with Win Percentage over .600

Bruins Have the Players, Resiliency to Pull Off Perceived Upset

Johnny Juzang (12/1 to win 2021-22 Naismith Player of the Year), Jaime Jacquez and UCLA had won their first four games by gaudy margins of 37 (95-58, CSB), 9 (86-77, VIL, OT), 21 (100-79, LBSU) and 35 (98-63, UNF), an average of +25.6 ppg.

Up in Spokane, Washington, Drew Timme (5/1 to win Naismith Player of the Year) and Gonzaga won its first four by 24, 12, 27 and 42, for an average winning margin of +26.25 ppg, so both of these teams were obviously scoring when they wanted.

And we can expect a certain back-and-forth pace here in this collision here in the Mojave Desert, which likely won’t drop the losing team too much in the national polls with Gonzaga likely to run the table in the WCC and UCLA very resilient.

UCLA saw its 2020-21 NCAA Championship dreams shattered by Gonzaga in the Final Four in an OT Loss (93-90) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, so the Bruins should be motivated but UCLA may have trouble with the Zags’ size underneath.

The Bruins have a couple of players Injured heading into this big contest in Forward Cody Riley (Knee, Out Indefinitely) and Forward Mac Etienne (Undisclosed) so UCLA (3/1 to make the 2022 NCAA Final Four) will surely miss their presence here.

Chet Holmgren (12/1 to win Naismith Player of the Year) and Gonzaga (+150 to make the 2022 NCAA Final Four) are relatively healthy with only Guard Dominick Harris nursing an injured Foot for the Bulldogs who also faced Bellarmine.

The Bulldogs are 2-10 SU all time in No. 1 vs.. No. 2 games and Head Coach Mark Few is 2-7 SU in the nine games he has coached for the Zags in that role.

Gonzaga’s Size, Scoring Depth Too Much for UCLA to Overcome?

UCLA plays in a Power Five conference and is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 overall and the Bruins went a profitable 36-28-1 ATS since 2019 (57.6%) and won’t be intimidated in the least by Gonzaga, a team it just played and knows how to scheme against.

Look for the Zags to rely heavily on frontcourt Twin Towers Timme (20.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg. 2.5 apg) and Holmgren (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.0 apg), but the other Gonzaga starters are dynamite as well and should cause UCLA all sorts of problems.

Gonzaga Guards Julian Stratham (14.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Rasir Bolton (10.3 ppg) and Andrew Nembhard (7.5 ppg, 5.5 apg) provide over 30 ppg of Offensive production and more than 10 Rebounds and 8.3 apg in concert with Timme and Holmgren.

This game marks the return of ESPN College Basketball color commentator Dick Vitale who was given the OK from his doctors to return to work doing games between his Chemotherapy treatments.

“I’m on cloud nine right now,” Vitale said.

“I can’t wait. Tuesday night, I will do my first game, and what a game to do! No. 1 Gonzaga versus No. 2 UCLA. There’s nothing that will be better medicine than sitting at courtside, meeting all my buddies down there, having a blast.”

Besides Juzang (21.5 ppg), 2.5 rpg) and Jacquez (18.0, 7.5 rpg), the Bruins also feature talented Guards Jules Bernard (18.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tyger Campbell (13.0 ppg, 4.8 apg) and David Singleton (8.0 ppg), but not having RIley (6-9, 256) hurts.

So the thought here is that the Bulldogs two taller bodies of Naismith candidates Timme and Holmgren underneath will be able to get relatively easy points against the Bruins in the paint underneath as well as ultimately have the Rebounding edge.

And with UCLA playing so many Overs (5-0) and the Bruins Totals going over by so much (+20,5 ppg), backing the Over in this Neutral site affair with so many scorers makes sense with between 175-201 likely being scored in this huge showdown.

Gonzaga vs. UCLA Betting Recap

Kevin Stott

Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...

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