(NCAAB) UCLA vs. Gonzaga, 11/23/2021 10:00 PM, Score: 63 - 83
Point Spread: 6.50 | -110.00 UCLA (Away)
Result: Loss
8* UCLA (10:00 ET): Who could forget the game these teams played last April in Indianapolis? Jalen Suggs’ 37-foot buzzer beater in overtime gave Gonzaga a 93-90 victory and sent them to the National Championship Game against Baylor. Of course, things did not end well for the Zags. They lost to Baylor, ending what had been a perfect season to that point. Now UCLA gets its chance for revenge. The Bruins were not just an 11-seed in last season’s tournament, but also relegated to the “First Four.” Now they are ranked as the #2 team in the entire country.

Gonzaga is #1, but is not as strong as the team that won its first 31 games last year. Suggs is gone as are two other starters from the 31-1 team. Mark Few has reloaded in Spokane, but this is a tricky early season matchup. I know that the Zags had no problem winning last night as they crushed Central Michigan 107-54 as 34-point favorites. That was their fifth straight double digit win to open the season and four of those have come by 27 or more points. The one exception was when Zags defeated Texas (who is currently #8 in the poll) by 12. Still, I think this is too many points to lay in such a high-profile encounter that’s taking place in a neutral setting (Las Vegas).

As this is a tournament, UCLA also played yesterday. They defeated Bellarmine 75-62, but did not cover the 22.5-point spread. While that obviously wasn’t as impressive as the Zags’ win, the Bruins got to play their game earlier in the day, so they have had a few extra hours of rest compared to Gonzaga. All but one of UCLA’s wins this season (a 9-point win over Villanova) have been by double digits so far. As the revenge-minded squad, they come in more motivated and with them also having more returning experience from last season, I’ll gladly take the points. 8* UCLA