College Basketball Odds, Pick for Gonzaga vs UCLA

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  • The final game of the Maui Invitational is here between Gonzaga and UCLA.
  • The Bruins have shown out well in this event, despite having a lot of turnover from last season.
  • Can they continue that push? Here's college basketball odds and a pick for Gonzaga vs. UCLA.

Gonzaga vs UCLA Odds

Wednesday, Nov. 22
11:59 p.m. ET
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Gonzaga Odds
Point SpreadTotalMoneyline
-4.5
-115
138.5
-110o / -110u
-210
UCLA Odds
Point SpreadTotalMoneyline
+4.5
-105
138.5
-110o / -110u
+170
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAB odds here.

This has to be one of the most impressive fifth-place consolation bracket games in college basketball tournament history, as Gonzaga and UCLA meet in what should be a wildly entertaining game.

On paper, this matchup feels more like a “championship” game than a consolation bracket nightcap. There's been a lot to like from both squads in the first two days of this tournament, but unfortunately for both programs, this field was absolutely loaded.

Gonzaga outplayed Purdue for the first 20 minutes of its opening game, before following up its impressive start with a trouncing of Syracuse. The Zags love to play fast, and their guard duo of Nolan Hickman and Ryan Nembhard appears to be one of the best in the country.

UCLA has size and skill everywhere. Despite its youth, these Bruins are no babies. Adem Bona, Aday Mara and Berke Buyuktuncel make up one of the most versatile front lines in college basketball this year.

The Bruins will try and slow this game down and make it a half-court contest, and Gonzaga will do the opposite.

The contrast in styles — plus the talent on both teams — will make this an incredibly fun way to end the Maui Invitational.


Gonzaga Bulldogs

For Gonzaga, it starts with the aforementioned duo of Nembhard and Hickman. Mark Few brought in Nembhard from Creighton to run the show at the point guard position, and his presence has instantly made a difference, especially for Hickman, who looks much more comfortable hunting shots off the ball.

Gonzaga is a balanced, talented squad. In addition to the guards, Graham Ike and Anton Watson are a quality pairing in the frontcourt, and on any given night, one of these four players could be the best player on the floor.

It was Hickman and Ike in the blowout win against Syracuse. They combined for 35 points and paced the Zags to a dominant performance.

Depth is a concern, as Gonzaga doesn’t have much off the bench. Three games in three days may finally wear the Bulldogs down.

The other question is shooting; the Zags are making just 28% of their 3-point shots as a team. UCLA guards the 3 well, and if Gonzaga’s shooting woes continue, it may be a long night.


UCLA Bruins

UCLA also outplayed a top-five team in Marquette.

The Bruins’ defense is their strength, ranking 14th in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency coming into this game.

While the frontcourt deserves first mention for UCLA, the Bruins also have talented guards that aren’t afraid of the big moment.

Freshman guard Sebastian Mack was the best player on the floor in the Marquette game (an impressive feat considering Tyler Kolek and Kam Jones were the matchup). Mack finished with 25 points on 13 shots and made all 13 of his free throws.

Like Gonzaga, UCLA is making just 28% of its shots from outside the arc. If this game comes down to shot making, it will truly be a toss-up.

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Gonzaga vs. UCLA

Betting Pick & Prediction

Gonzaga enters as 4.5-point favorites here, and while I could certainly see it winning, the value feels like it's with the Bruins.

Physically, UCLA will advantages at most positions on the floor, and Gonzaga’s depth concerns will finally come back to bite it while playing its third game in three days.

I love UCLA to cover, and take it all the way down to +4.

Pick: UCLA +4.5 (Play to +4)


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