Saturday’s Final Four matchup between UCLA and Gonzaga current an fascinating dichotomy.
On one hand you have got undefeated, 30-0 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are the 2021 NCAA Tournament’s high general seed and aiming to change into the primary unbeaten staff since Indiana in 1975-76. That mentioned, they’ve by no means gained an NCAA Tournament and have just one earlier Final Four to their identify, and that in 2017. On the opposite hand you have got First Four staff UCLA, which has loved extra Final Four success than any staff in school basketball but finds itself an amazing underdog to Gonzaga because the 11 seed out of the East Region.
If this event has taught spectators something, it is that seeds actually do not matter within the maddest March in school basketball historical past. And nonetheless, it is simple to fall again on these acquainted, comfy rankings as precursors to video games — even within the Final Four.
Will Mark Few and his trio of Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme and Corey Kispert make one other sufferer out of UCLA? Or will the Bruins, enjoying the unfamiliar position of Cinderella, advance to one more title game behind the teaching prowess of Mick Cronin and glorious play from Jaime Jaquez Jr., Johnny Juzang and Tyler Campbell?
We cannot wait to seek out out when the groups tip off in primetime on Saturday. Here’s what you have to know concerning the matchup forward of time, together with TV invo, odds and each groups’ run via the event so far:
What channel is Gonzaga vs. UCLA on tonight?
CBS has broadcast rights for the 2021 Final Four, airing each Baylor-Houston and Gonzaga-UCLA on Saturday.
Gonzaga vs. UCLA begin time
- Date: Saturday, April 3
- Time: 8:34 p.m. ET | 5:34 p.m. PT
The Final Four game between Gonzaga and UCLA is scheduled to tip off at 8:34 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 3.
Where is the Final Four in 2021?
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Stadium is the host venue for the Final Four; it has served that capability thrice since 2010. The COVID-19 pandemic pressured the 2021 NCAA Tournament to be performed totally within the state of Indiana, that means it additionally hosted video games as early as the primary spherical of the event.
New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome would be the host of the 2022 Final Four, adopted by Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2023, Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium in 2024 and San Antonio’s Alamodome in 2025. The event will as soon as once more return to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2026. Below are the total dates for the Final Four in every of the following 5 seasons.
|2022||New Orleans||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||April 2, 4|
|2023||Houston||NRG Stadium||April 1, 3|
|2024||Glendale, Ariz.||State Farm Stadium||April 6, 8|
|2025||San Antonio||Alamodome||April 5, 7|
|2026||Indianapolis||Lucas Oil Stadium||April 4, 6|
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Gonzaga vs. UCLA odds to win Final Four matchup
The Zags are an amazing favourite over UCLA, with linemakers favoring them by 14 factors within the opening odds. Gonzaga has crushed each staff by double digits, with the closest staff (Oklahoma) falling by 16 factors. That mentioned, UCLA has carried out a very good job of taking away its previous two opponents’ strengths: For Alabama, its capacity to shoot 3s; for Michigan, decreasing its capacity to attain within the paint.
Below is unfold, over/below and moneyline for Gonzaga-UCLA as of midday ET on Wednesday, March 31:
- Spread: Gonzaga (-14)
- Over/below: 145.5
- Moneyline: Gonzaga -1100, UCLA +700
Gonzaga NCAA Tournament 2021 document
|Date||Round||Opponent (area seed)||Result|
|Saturday, March 20||Round 1||Norfolk State (West 16 seed)||W, 98-55|
|Monday, March 22||Round 2||Oklahoma (West 8 seed)||W, 87-71|
|Sunday, March 28||Sweet 16||Creighton (West 5 seed)||W, 83-65|
|Tuesday, March 30||Elite Eight||USC (West 6 seed)||W, 85-66|
|Saturday, April 3||Final Four||UCLA (East 11 seed)||TBD|
UCLA NCAA Tournament 2021 document
|Date||Round||Opponent (area seed)||Result|
|Thursday, March 18||First Four||Michigan State (East 11 seed)||W, 86-80 (OT)|
|Saturday, March 20||Round 1||BYU (East 6 seed)||W, 73-62|
|Monday, March 22||Round 2||Abilene Christian (East 14 seed)||W, 67-47|
|Sunday, March 28||Sweet 16||Alabama (East 2 seed)||W, 88-78|
|Tuesday, March 30||Elite Eight||Michigan (East 1 seed)||W, 51-49|
|Saturday, April 3||Final Four||Gonzaga (West 1 seed)||TBD|