South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date and Time: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6:09 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
College Basketball Odds: Gonzaga -6, O/U 138.5
South Carolina vs. Gonzaga TV Coverage: CBS
The Gamecocks are the party crasher to the Final Four as they are a #7 seed. They have been winning by playing great defense and getting strong play from Sindarius Thornwell. South Carolina shut down Florida in the Elite Eight and if they can force Gonzaga to take bad shots on Saturday they have a real chance to win, because the Gamecocks rebound the ball really well.
The Bulldogs finally got the monkey off their back and made the Final Four. They have benefited from the easiest possible path to the Final Four. They didn’t play that well in the first two rounds but got past South Dakota State and Northwestern. They played an ugly game against West Virginia and somehow got the win and then they finally played a good game in routing Xavier. Gonzaga needs to rebound the ball better if they are to get past South Carolina on Saturday.
The Gamecocks went 15-16-2 ATS in the regular season and they have covered all four tourney games. South Carolina went over 14 times during the regular season, under 18 times, with one push. They went over in three of their four tourney games.
The Bulldogs went 23-9-2 ATS during the regular season and they are 1-2-1 ATS in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs went under 18 times during the regular season and over 16 times. Three of their four tourney games have gone under. Gonzaga is averaging 83 points per game while giving up 61 points per contest.
South Carolina vs. Gonzaga Free Picks
Gonzaga finally played well in their win over Xavier but it is questionable whether they can repeat that performance. Gonzaga didn’t look good at all in their first three tourney games but found a way to win. The Gamecocks are going to turn this into a slugfest and I don’t see the Bulldogs winning that type of game. I will take the points with South Carolina.
South Carolina vs. Gonzaga ATS Pick: Take the points with South Carolina at BetDSI.
South Carolina vs. Gonzaga Score Prediction: South Carolina 69, Gonzaga 63