Betting on Gonzaga vs Utah March Madness Lines
On Saturday night, the Utah Utes take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The third-seeded Utes struggled to put away Fresno State in the first round, while the 11th-seeded Bulldogs knocked off Seton Hall in the first round in what many termed an “upset” but may instead have simply been the selection committee underestimating Gonzaga with the seeding. Check the updated college hoops online betting lines here.
Betting on Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Utah Utes March Madness Lines
When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:40 PM ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Radio: Gonzaga IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Utes?
Utah has dealt well with adversity all season long. Fresno State went up in the second half of their first-round matchup, but the Utes simply threw down a 19-2 run and won the game by 11. They had four starters with double figures, led by Jakob Poeltl, who simply dominated inside, scoring 16 points despite drawing a series of double teams. He also pulled down 18 rebounds. Gonzaga is a strong rebounding team, but they haven’t seen many foes like Poeltl in the West Coast Conference.
Why should you put your money on Gonzaga?
Despite holding the lower seed, Gonzaga was a two-point favorite against Seton Hall in the first round. They also have strength in the frontcourt, with Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer capable of dominating the inside. Wiltjer only went 5 for 14 in the first round, but he averages 49 percent from the floor for the season. Sabonis (yes, he’s Arvydas Sabonis’ son) scored 21 points and pulled down 16 boards. His average this season is a double-double (17.4 points, 11.6 rebounds), and he should be able to match up nicely with Poeltl.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As talented as Gonzaga is on the inside, Utah has more options in the backcourt, and Sabonis has not shown the same sort of mettle against quality opponents this year as Poeltl has. I’m looking for the Utes to win by a 72-66 score.