Gonzaga becomes the biggest Final Four favorite in tournament history
The No. 11 seeded UCLA Bruins are the last remaining darlings in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and secured a place in the Final Four via Tuesday’s thrilling 51-49 victory over the Michigan Wolverines which happened in large part because of Michigan’s offensive woes when the contest closed. minutes:
UCLA’s payoff is a showdown with the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs, seen by many as a candidate to emerge as the greatest varsity team of the modern era. So, it is understandable that Gonzaga opened the BetOnline.ag as a 13.5-point favorite against UCLA, the biggest Final Four gap in men’s tournament history dating back to 1985 when the gap became widely available.
There is more. Early Wednesday night, the Bulldogs were 14-point favorites to overthrow the Bruins and earn a berth in the title game against the Houston Cougars or Baylor Bears. Baylor started Wednesday night as a five-point favorite to face Gonzaga in the Championship, assuming BetOnline.ag’s predictions are correct.
Gonzaga beat the USC Trojans 85-66 in their Elite Eight game which wasn’t much of a battle outside of an interesting handful of minutes and has won every game in the tournament, to date, in double digits. Bulldogs are two away wins to become the eighth men’s team to win the tournament and the championship with a perfect record.