The Gonzaga Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks both look to continue their historic runs on Saturday night, with Gonzaga getting the edge at the sportsbooks for the game.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 29-1 straight up and 21-7-2 against the spread in their last 30 games as betting favorites. The Bulldogs hope to continue this success against a very pesky underdog in the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday night.
Gonzaga is a 6.5-point favorite in the Final Four showdown at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last nine games against SEC opponents, the Bulldogs are 8-1 SU.
For all of the success that Gonzaga has enjoyed in basketball over the years, the Bulldogs had never been able to get over the hump and advance to the Final Four — until last Saturday.
The 2017 Bulldogs became the first Gonzaga team to earn a trip to the Final Four and did so in dominant fashion, blowing away the Xavier Musketeers in an 83-59 win as 8.5-point favorites. The easy cover was Gonzaga’s first of the tournament after going 0-2-1 ATS in its first three postseason games.
The Bulldogs are often favored by double digits, but they relish spots as single-digit favorites with a 13-1 SU and 10-2-2 ATS record in their last 14 games as a favorite of 8.5 points or less, per the OddsShark College Basketball Database.
Betting Line / Total: Gonzaga -6.5 / 138 Points
Trend: Gonzaga is 21-7-2 ATS in its last 30 games as a favorite.
Trend: The UNDER is 21-9 in South Carolina’s last 30 games as an underdog.
South Carolina’s recipe for success in the NCAA tournament has worked to perfection: smother opposing teams with an elite defense, and let your top offensive weapon do his thing.
Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell has been one of the hottest players in the tournament, averaging 25.8 points per game over the last four games. Thornwell is also a relentless defender, and has played a key role in the Gamecocks holding opponents to only 68.5 points per game this postseason.
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last five games coming off an upset win.
Saturday’s total is set at 138 points. The UNDER is 21-9 in South Carolina’s last 30 games as an underdog.
This matchup produces an intriguing clash of styles, with Gonzaga best known for its fast offense and South Carolina known for its grinding defense. The team that is able to control the pace will likely be the one that advances to the championship game.
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
When: Saturday, April 1, 6:09 p.m. ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona