Just a little over a week ago we started the NCAA Tournament with 68 teams, heading into Monday night’s action, the field has been whittled down to eight. On Monday and Tuesday nights, the “Elite Eight” will all be in action, and the field will be cut to four. Monday night’s action features Oregon State against Houston, and Baylor taking on Arkansas. Check out the latest NCAAB news in our update so you can continue making your bets against their College Basketball odds.
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Tuesday nights games will feature the top seeded team in the tournament, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, as they face the USC Trojans. In the late game, we’ll see the second Pac 12 team of the night, and another Los Angeles team, the UCLA Bruins as they battle against Juwan Howard’s top seeded Michigan Wolverines.
Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad will enter Tuesday night’s tilt with a 29-0 record. The Zags are a scoring machine, as their fast paced offense can put up points in a hurry. Gonzaga is led by the trio of Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Jalen Suggs. If these three are going, it’s going to be very hard to stop Gonzaga.
Gonzaga is a fast break team, and many times fast break teams give up a ton of points. However, Gonzaga, who is not known for its defense has played well on the defensive end of the floor all season. They have held teams below their scoring average in 20 of their wins this season.
The USC Trojans have a very athletic team that could give Gonzaga issues. Their zone will be a problem for Gonzaga, as their length and athleticism will be tough for the Zags to match up with. The Trojans also have a stud post player in Evan Mobley. Mobley is predicted to be a top 5 selection in the upcoming draft if he decides to leave USC. Mobley and his brother make up a formidable duo for the Trojans.
In the other game of the evening, Mick Cronin’s surprising UCLA Bruins will take on the Michigan Wolverines. The Bruins have shocked the tournament field thus far, entering the “Elite Eight” as an 11 seed. The Bruins had to go to overtime to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the “Sweet Sixteen”.
Both of these teams have historical programs. UCLA is known for the John Wooden years with players such as Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Michigan is known for its 1988 run to the National Championship with Glen Rice, and who can forget the Fab Five era? This will be the fifth time that these two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament, but this one will mean a little more, as this is for a spot in the “Final Four”.
The Wolverines have had the tougher route up to this point. Michigan has had to get past Texas Southern, LSU, and Florida State. The Wolverines are playing at a high level on both ends of the floor, and this has been without their floor general, Isaiah Livers, who has missed the tournament due to a stress fracture. This should be a great battle between two teams who are both playing great basketball!
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