Connecticut vs Gonzaga 3/25/23 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/24/2023 at 7:39 PM ET

Connecticut vs Gonzaga 3/25/23 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The UConn Huskies roll into the Elite 8 on Saturday with 28 wins on the year following a blowout 23 point win against Arkansas in the Sweet 16. Defensively UConn dominated the game allowing just 65 points on 31.7% shooting and forced 10 turnovers in the game as well . Offensively UConn had one of their best games in recent memory scoring 88 points on 57.4% shooting and a blistering 45% from beyond the arc. Defensively UConn also won the rebounding battle pulling down 12 more boards in the game.

Jordan Hawkins led the way for the UConn offense with 24 points on 13 shots in 28 minutes of action. Big man Adama Sanogo chipped in a second best 18 points and a team high 8 rebounds on 11 shots, while Alex Karaban scored eleven points on five shots in 28 minutes of action as the third UConn starter in double figures. Nahiem Alleyne led the way off bench with 10 points on 4 shots in 19 minutes.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs come into the elite eight as the hottest team in the country on a 13 game win streak following a double digit comeback win against UCLA on Thursday. Defensively Gonzaga did just enough allowing only 76 points including just thirty in the second half as UCLA shot 41.8% from the floor but Gonzaga forced six turnovers and pulled down 24 more rebounds as well. Offensively Gonzaga was dominant scoring 79 points on 50% shooting including 46 in the second half to erase a 13 point halftime deficit.

All American Drew Timme carried the Gonzaga offense pouring in a game high 36 points on 24 shots to go along with 13 rebounds as well. Julian Strawther added 16 points and 10 rebounds including the game deciding shot, while Anton Watson scored eight points on six shots as well. Malachi. Smith led the way up the Gonzaga bench with 14 points on eleven shots in the game.

These are 2 of the best teams left in the dance as each has been a top team all year. Both teams have a valid argument to move on but the Zags have the experience and will have the best player on the floor. UConn will have lots of size and depth to throw at the Bulldogs but Gonzaga finds way to win games. Look for the Zags stars to again lead the way as they get the win and cover in the Elite 8. Final Score Prediction, Gonzaga Bulldogs win and cover 77-74.

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