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. 5 seed Creighton and
1 seed Gonzaga face off on Sunday in a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament matchup
Who will win?
5 seed Creighton and No.
1 seed Gonzaga face off on Sunday in a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament matchup.
Who will win and advance to the Elite 8?
Check out these picks and predictions for the West Region game, which can be seen at 11:10 a.m.
Arizona time on CBS.
Gonzaga is a 12.5-point favorite in the game.
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Sam Wilkins writes: “Gonzaga are yet to taste defeat in the NCAA this year, winning all 28 of their games so far, thus it’d be a massive shock if they didn’t make the Final Four, let alone getting into the Elite Eight.
The Bulldogs boast two of the leagues best players in the form of Drew Timme and Corey Kispert, with the duo both being two of the favorites to win this year’s ‘Wooden Spoon’ award following their performances so far.
Creighton have done well to get this far, fending off both UC Santa Barbara and Ohio, however given the overall quality of Gonzaga’s side, the Bulldogs should be able to secure a comfortable victory and book their Elite Eight place when the two meet on Saturday.”
Pete Fiutak writes: “Oklahoma had the right makeup to at least have a shot against Gonzaga, and it lost by 16.
To do this, it’s going to take Gonzaga being collectively off like it was against BYU late in the season.
Eventually the avalanche came, but at least it was in for a fight.
Creighton can absolutely go off.
It has the capability to hit the 13+ threes to stay in it until late, but even if that happens, it’s not hitting the free throws to get this done.”
The site’s Basketball Power Index gives Gonzaga an 82.3% chance to pick up the victory and Creighton a 17.7% chance to get the win.
John Perrotto writes: “Gonzaga is making its sixth straight Sweet 16 appearance, while Creighton has not made it this far since 1974, when the tournament was a 25-team event.
The winner advances to the regional final to play either #6 USC or #7 Oregon.
The Bulldogs certainly have recent history on their side along with a 32-game winning streak that dates back to the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.
However, Creighton has an experienced team with plenty of scoring options and will give Gonzaga a tough game.”
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Rohit Ponnaiya writes: “Creighton is shooting just 43.9 percent from the field over its last eight games.
That’s not going to cut it against a Gonzaga squad that leads the country with a field goal percentage of 55.1 while running up and down the floor.
The Bluejays are solid on the defensive end of the floor but they don’t have the pieces to slow down the Zags, while on offense they don’t have the firepower to keep up.
Take Gonzaga to win and cover.”
Andrew Jett writes: “I’m likely sticking with Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs just don’t stop this season.
They shot a nice 49.1 percent from the field on Monday, carrying edges in free throw percentage (88.5 to 66.7), rebounds (36-29), assists (12-10) and turnovers (10-12) against Oklahoma.
The Gonzaga offense is a well-oiled machine when it’s on, and a “down” game still scores in the 70s.
This one may be close initially but I still like the Bulldogs on an eventual cover.”
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Baylor was expected to be one of the biggest games of the regular season before COVID got in the way
Could they now face off for the NCAA
There is no doubt that this season of men’s college basketball was anything but normal.
So when Gonzaga went a perfect 28-0 heading into the NCAA Tournament, some overlooked the Bulldogs.
We were all robbed of the regular season matchup between Gonzaga and Baylor; however, Gonzaga did have some big-time wins before March Madness.
During the regular season, Gonzaga racked up impressive wins over Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa and Virginia.
None of those teams remain in the NCAA Tournament, but Gonzaga has been on cruise control so far.
1 seed in the West region beat Norfolk St., 98-55, in the first round.
Then, they took on No.
8 Oklahoma and won 87-71.
Up next, they meet Creighton in the Sweet 16.
“You have to probably look deeper into the bracket than the next couple of rounds,” Bo Brack, host on the Locked On Podcast Network said while explaining why there won’t be any speed bumps for Gonzaga in the next couple rounds.
“You look at their starting five, and each one of these guys would be the star of any other program,” Bo Brack said about the depth for this Gonzaga team.
During the latest episode of Locked On Today, he explained how head coach Mark Few gets them to seamlessly work together.
“I hope we don’t get robbed at the second chance at seeing Baylor vs.
the Zags,” Brack said.
The matchup was expected to be one of the biggest of the regular season, before COVID-19 protocols got in the way and kept the Bears and Bulldogs from meeting.
With Baylor and Gonzaga on different sides of the March Madness bracket, there’s a chance we could get a do-over of that matchup in the NCAA Championship on April 5.
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