Zags Widen Gap in NCAAB Betting Boards After Dominating No.2 UCLA

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  • Gonzaga’s title odds went from +525 on Tuesday to +350 on Wednesday morning as heavy betting on the Zags was noted at BetOnline.
  • The Bulldogs defeated the no. 2 ranked UCLA Bruins 83-63 on Tuesday to solidify their claim as the top team in college basketball.
  • The Zags are 6-0 to start the season with an average winning margin of 31.3 points and two wins over Top 5 teams this month.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs solidified their status as the betting favorites to win the college basketball national title with an 83-63 win over no. 2 UCLA on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Entering the game as 7-point favorites, the Zags came out of the gates firing and took a 45-25 halftime lead which they held until the final buzzer. With the victory, the Bulldogs took a big step in widening the gap between itself and the rest of the field.

Gonzaga entered Tuesday’s no.1 vs no. 2 showdown as the +525 odds on favorite to cut down the nets in March. The morning after, they were too popular in the betting market that online sportsbook had to shorten their odds to +350 heading to Friday’s big showdown against no. 5 Duke.

There’s a Reason Gonzaga is #1

The Bruins entered Tuesday’s game at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS record. The last time that UCLA faced Gonzaga, the Zags needed a buzzer-beater in overtime from Jalen Suggs to put the Bruins away. This time around, no heroics were needed as the Bulldogs dominated the game from start to finish with an impressive performance on both ends of the floor.

National Player of the Year betting favorite Drew Timme had 18 points and 8 rebounds while Andrew Nembhard led the Bulldogs with 24 points but it was 7-1 freshman Chet Holmgren who stole the show with his unmatched skillset. Holmgren finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds, 1 steal, and 4 blocked shots while shooting 6-8 from the field and 2-4 from behind the three-point area.

Gonzaga improved to 6-0 on the season and they have won by an average winning margin of 31.3 points while becoming only the 5th team in the history of NCAA basketball to have two wins over a Top 5 opponent in the month of November. With a game against the no.5 Duke Blue Devils on Friday, they can make it an unprecedented three and further widen the gap between themselves and everybody else.

Updated Odds to win the College Basketball Championship

Gonzaga was a +600 at BetMGM before the UCLA game. Their odds have now shortened to +450 at the same sportsbook. UCLA remained at +1200 and is now tied with the Purdue Boilermakers, Villanova Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, and Duke Blue Devils at that price. The Michigan Wolverines follow them at +1400 while the Kentucky Wildcats are at +1600.

The Zags are also listed at +450 via the Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet USA, FOXbet, Unibet, and Bet365 USA. The next closest rivals are at the +1000 to +1200 range, depending on which of the best NCAA basketball sportsbooks you use.

Gonzaga carried a perfect season to last year’s title game before getting upset by Baylor. Despite losing Suggs to the NBA, they look even better with an excellent recruiting class led by Holmgren. With Timme there to provide the stability, this team has the ability to go on the same run again, but with a different ending. But of course, they must take care of business first on Friday. If they wallop Duke like they did Texas and UCLA before them, those title odds could hit minus money this weekend.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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