Peterson: Best bet for Gonzaga vs. UCLA

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The top two teams in the country will go at it in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as UCLA looks to get revenge on Gonzaga. The Bulldogs defeated the Bruins in the 2021 Final Four on a half-court shot in overtime, so this one should have a great atmosphere.

No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (-5.5, 154.5) vs. No. 2 UCLA Bruins
(stats as of Monday morning)

 

Both teams already have a win against a top-10 team to their credit and both rank in the top 15 of teams in scoring differential in games against Division I teams, with Gonzaga winning by an average of 28.8 points per game and UCLA 25.5 points per game.

Gonzaga has done it on offense, ranking second in the country in field goal shooting percentage at 55.1% and is fourth in America in points scored on a per-possession basis.

UCLA ranks 77th in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis, while Gonzaga is 43rd with both teams ranked in the top 15 in the country in rebound rate.

The Bruins are allowing opponents to shoot 42.3% from 3-point range, which is 333rd in the country and will prevent UCLA from getting revenge on Gonzaga.

Pick: Gonzaga -5.5

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