Final Four: South Carolina and Gonzaga Meet in Early Game
Zags Not Underdogs in This Final Four
The fans at University of Phoenix Stadium will a Final Four matchup between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday afternoon. These two teams will kickoff the 2017 NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four. For both teams this will be their program’s first trip to the Final Four.
The Zag’ are usually considered the undergogs in the latter rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Not this Year. No one could have imagined South Carolina making it to Phoenix. Especially when they lost 5 of their last 7 games to end the season.
Oddsmakers opened the Bulldogs as -6.5-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total opened at 138. The line is now around the -6.5 with a few -6’s out there. The Total has been bet down to 137.
Gonzaga was a 83-59 winner in their Elite Eight matchup against the Xavier Musketeers. They covered the -8.5-point spread as favorites. A big Gonzaga frontline that features 7-foot, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski, blue-chip 7-foot freshman Zach Collins and 6-9 forward Johnathan Williams will be hard to deal with.
The player who really makes the Zags go is Washington transfer point guard Nigel Williams-Goss. H was selected to the 10-man Wooden Award All-America team.Williams-Goss had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Gonzaga blew out Xavier 83-59 in the West Regional final. He showcased the offensive and defensive efficiency that have been season-long hallmarks.
South Carolina was a 77-70 winner in their Elite Eight outing against the Florida Gators. They covered the +3-point spread as underdogs. The combination of high-scoring guard Sindarius Thornwell and some hellacious defense has been more than good enough in the past two weeks. South Carolina has knocked off the No. 2 (Duke), No. 3 (Baylor) and No. 4 (Florida) seeds in the East to earn this berth.
Final Four Betting Trends
Team record: 26-10 SU,16-18 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
South Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
South Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Team record: 36-1 SU,24-10-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
Gonzaga is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga’s last 5 games
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