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How to bet No. 14 Grand Canyon versus No. 3 Gonzaga in March Madness

Drew Timme

Drew Timme

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how to bet No. 14 Grand Canyon versus No. 3 Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament.

Grand Canyon vs. Gonzaga (-13.5): O/U 156.5

Gonzaga is arguably the hottest team in the country right now, ranking No. 1 in Barttorvik since the start of February and March.

In previous seasons, Gonzaga has dominated the first round. Over the last three NCAA Tournament first rounds, Gonzaga has won 93-72, 98-55 and 87-49. That is an average of 34.0 points per game.

I had the liberty of watching and betting Grand Canyon -6 on Senior Night versus Seattle. Grand Canyon scored 13 points in the first half, one of the worst performances I have ever seen.

Since then Grand Canyon scored 71 or more points in six-straight games but Gonzaga isn’t the same as the WAC.

Grand Canyon has played seven top 100 teams and averaged 55.2 points per game in the four losses. The Antelopes play the 293rd slowest tempo and don’t have the size or depth to run with the Bulldogs.

Grand Canyon made the NCAA Tournament in 2021 and lost to Iowa, 86-74, and trailed by 21 at one point.

I took Gonzaga at -13.5 (-115) and would go out to -15 or pivot to the Over on Gonzaga’s Team Total.

Pick: Gonzaga -13.5 (1u)

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