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Chances of winning 2021 NCAA Tournament
- Gonzaga +135
- Baylor +220
- Houston + 550
- Michigan +600
- USC +1400
- UCLA +4000
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NCAA tournament predictions for today's matches
Gonzaga vs. USC
USC enters Elite Eight with an attack that seems to have finally solved things. The program played excellent defense for much of the 2020-2021 college basketball season, butwas sometimes inconsistent on the offensive side of the pitch. That changed during the March Madness, as Trojans are averaging a shade of under 80 points per game, more than five points higher than their regular season mark.
While racking up points is a good thing - especially against an opponent from Gonzaga who has led the country from a distance after averaging 92.1 points per game this season - the 'USC will need their best defensive performance of the season to win the West Region of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
This will likely depend on the ability of Evan Mobley, the freshman star of the horses of Troy of seven feet, to resist the offensive barrage of Gonzaga.
Mobley, one of the top lottery picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, has been a defense force throughout the year and is the number one reason why only 43% of two point attempts were made against his equipe in conference. An upheaval will hinge on the 19-year-old protecting the rim and controlling the paint tonight at the highest level.
Gonzaga won't be afraid to challenge Mobley on the inside, h However, as the team were downright dominant in the paint during their unbeaten run to the Elite Eight. The Bulldogs converted almost two-thirds of their shots inside the arc leading up to this contest, an impressive number even for such a talented team.
Gonzaga's second 6 '10 "student Drew Timme has been the linchpin of the Bulldogs' inside offense and will likely be a key player on the team tonight. Timme has racked up 52 points and 19 rebounds in the last two games while shooting an absurd 73% from the field. If he finds out about Mobley, he could quickly get out of hand.
The "Zags have also a pair of potential lottery picks on their list, Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs both being likely to quit the board in the first 10 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Suggs was a revelation at his school guard post, doing a bit of all during his one campaign in Spokane. The rookie averages 13.9 points, 5.3 tables, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals, but hasn't had the best performance in the NCAA tournament, scoring just 31 points over the three. last contests and only making one of his 11 three-point attempts.
Kispert didn't skip a beat, however, as the senior forward averaged 17 points on 58% shots while adding five rebounds and one steal per game during the game. this year's March Madness race. The dead-eyed shooter was locked deep, converting 60% of his attempts to three points. Even if the Trojans manage to control the paint, Gonzaga can still win thismatch as long as Kispert's shot continues to fall.
This one might be close - especially in the first half - but ultimately the Bulldogs run away with a win in the Elite Eight. Gonzaga simply has too much firepower and too many ways to beat his foe and that won't change against this seriously underrated but much less talented USC opponent.
Put in the points and watch as Gonzaga pu Lls away in the final minutes for a double-digit victory.
Spread Pick: Gonzaga -9
Parenthesis prediction: Gonzaga 81 - USC 68
Michigan vs. UCLA
UCLA became just the second team to race from the top four to the top eight, a feat that only the 2011 Rams VCUs were able to accomplish during of the decade sinces the creation of play-in games. and the NCAA tournament has expanded to 68 teams.
The Bruins hope to follow in VCU's footsteps and make a shocking climb to the Final Four, but they'll have their work cut out for them against a Michigan team many picked to win it all before the March madness . .
One thing on the UCLA side is history, as the Bruins have won three of their previous four meetings with Michigan in the NCAA tournament, including beating the Wolverines in of the 1965 national title game. These victories go a long way in terms of college basketball, the last being in 1998. Michigan's only victory over UCLA dates back to 1993 in the run of the league. team at the championship game.
If UCLA is to claim four March Madness victories in five tries against Michigan, it will have to challenge long enough odds. The Bruins, 7.5 point outsiders, form a balanced team - five players are averaging double-digit points per game in the Big Dance - and were able to dodge some bad shots from some of their best players in this year's NCAA tournament. However, they likely won't get away with another night, especially against a tenacious and talented Wolverines defense.
The Wolverines were one of the best teams in the 2020-2021 campaign, but struggled down the stretch and lost three of their last five games heading into the 2021 NCAA tournament. Lack of momentum hasn't hurt Mic Higan so far though, as the school has been downright dominant during the Big Dance.
Michigan have won their three games leading to the Elite Eight with an average margin of victory of 14 points, including an all-time victory for Florida State No.4, 76-58 , in Sweet 16. The Wolverines used a balanced offensive attack againstthe Seminoles, with four players scoring in double digits. Only three of their 11 shots are deeply connected and they only converted 15 of the 23 charity strip attempts, but they managed 54% of their two points in the contest while stepping up defensively.
This game showed Michigan's versatility in attack, particularly on the heels of a second round "W" on LSU in which the team threw 25 lines and put 11 in. preserves. The Wolverines also defended well in every game, as the Tigers and Seminoles combined to hit just 11 of their 41 lines and shot a collective 39.5% from the field against that defense.
As Maize and Blue blasted their opponents in the 2021 NCAA tournament, they'll have a harder time taking a large lead against this particular UCLA team. The Bruins have the pieces to stay close for much of the game and a defense that has intensified.trusted and made enough plays to get the job done in all four of their March Madness contests so far.
This is a contest where you will find value in taking the points, as it will likely end up being decided by only a basket or two at the end of the game. Michigan are the better team and should advance to the Final Four, but it will be much closer than their previous contests leading up to the Elite Eight.
Pick: UCLA +7.5
Prediction: Michigan 71 - UCLA 68