Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arizona Wildcats
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Arizona Wildcats face off on Sunday for the right to go to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are -6 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set at 127.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs haven’t come into March Madness with the fanfare we have seen in recent years but they came out with guns blazing beating Oklahoma State in the first round. Gonzaga jumped out to a early lead and held off several rallies by OSU getting the win and advancing. Kevin Pangos led the Zags scoring 26 points. Gary Bell had 17 points, Przemek Karnowski had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Draginis had 12 points and eight rebounds. Gonzaga shot 50 percent on Friday shooting 50 percent of their two-point shots and 50 percent of their shots beyond the three-point arc. Gonzaga shot 63.4 percent from the free throw line> Gonzaga was the first one seed to lose last season and they hope to pass that on to Arizona this year.
The Arizona Wildcats brushed off a slow start to take control mid-first half of their opening round West Regional NCAA Tournament game against Weber State and advance. Arizona led by over 20 at one point but in the end they won by nine points. Nick Johnson led the Wildcats scoring 18 points. Aaron Gordon had 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points, and Kaleb Tarczewski scored 10 points. Arizona shot 55.3 percent from the floor shooting 57.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three-point land. Arizona hit just 56.3 percent of their free throws going to the line just 16 times.
Gonzaga is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-5-1 against the spread against the Pac-12. Arizona is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven NCAA Tournament games and 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 non-conference games.
The total is at 127 and I still see it well below that number.