NCAA Tournament Predictions -- Gonzaga Thinks it Can Take a Bite Out of Arizona


Arizona defeated Weber State in what was more of a warm-up to get to this point. Gonzaga had a tougher route, having to pound out an 85-77 decision over Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State.

In the lines against which Final Score Network will make its NCAA Tournament predictions, Arizona is favored by 7.5 points, with a posted total of 128 points.

Arizona is one of the most difficult teams in the nation to score upon. The 'Cats have limited the opposition to 37.9% shooting, and they have amped that up even more of late, shutting down teams like Utah (25.5%) and Colorado (29.4%) And Weber State had very little success in the opening round of this tournament, shooting just 30%. The Wildcats have proven to be a solid favorite, with a record of 20-14 against the basketball odds when laying points.

Gonzaga is a small school that has been playing with the big boys for quite some time. The 'Zags were the champions of the West Coast Conference, and certainly they are not intimidated in a setting like this one. With six straight wins, five of which they covered against the college basketball betting odds, they are in especially good form right now. But they are going to have to make some three-pointers to stretch out that Arizona defense. The Bulldogs are almost 40% form beyond the arc this season, so they may be well-equipped.

Some people are pointing to Arizona's relative inefficiency at the free throw line as a possible difference-maker in this game, as they shoot just 65% from the charity stripe. Is that something that opens the door for Gonzaga? Turn to the experienced professionals at Final Score Network for the answers; their record making NCAA Tournament predictions is absolutely impeccable!

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