Gonzaga vs. UCLA: NCAA Tournament Same Game Parlay Picks (3/24)

Mar 22, 2023 - 2:50 PM

Check out our top same game parlay for this week’s NCAA Tournament game between Gonzaga vs. UCLA.

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2023 NCAA Tournament Guide (March Madness)

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Gonzaga vs. UCLA

Leg 1: Adem Bona +10 Points (+255)

Unfortunately, the main topic around the Bruins has been how severely shorthanded they have been. Pac-12 DPOY standout big man Adem Bona missed round one and wasn’t fully healthy when he participated in round two. Jaylen Clark is out with an Achilles injury sustained in the regular season’s final game. David Singleton, a fifth-year wing, also suffered an ankle injury against Northwestern but is expected to play.

In a game they need him desperately, I like for Bona to show out in this one.

Leg 2: Gonzaga (+105)

With a relatively difficult start to the year, the Gonzaga Bulldogs were written off as not being up to par this season. Early in the season, the Zags’ chances were dampened by defeats to Texas, Purdue and Baylor in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Given that all three teams received a top-three seed in the NCAA Tournament, those losses weren’t all that bad in the end, but the margin of defeat (19 points against the Longhorns and 18 points against the Boilermakers) raised some red flags.

Although to a lesser extent, Mark Few’s team largely did what it usually does in WCC play: dominate. Normally, the Zags easily cruise through their league rivals, but a puzzling loss to Loyola Marymount in the middle of January gave early warning flags some credence. Early in January, a defeat to Saint Mary’s raised questions about whether Gonzaga would maintain its hegemony.

After their first setback to Saint Mary’s, the Zags turned things around, winning seven straight games to end the regular season and two more in the conference tournament to capture both the regular season and tournament WCC crowns.

In this tournament, the Zags gained control of the game against Grand Canyon in round one after a sluggish start, winning 82-70. Similarly, Gonzaga trailed TCU 38-33 in the second round before exploding to defeat them 84-81.

The UCLA Bruins, who dominated the regular season with an 18-2 record, were by far the best team in the Pac-12 this year. Even though the Bruins were severely shorthanded for the game against Arizona, Mick Cronin’s team would lose to them in the Pac-12 Championship.

The Bruins defeated UNC Asheville with enthusiasm in an 86-53 victory, putting forth the best performance of any team in round one. Then, in a game that had a competitive second half but eventually had a rather decisive last few minutes, they upset Northwestern 68-63.

Parlay Odds: +950

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