Gonzaga vs USC Bet: 2021 March Madness Elite 8 Pick & Prediction

Posted: Mar 29, 2021Last updated: Mar 30, 2021

Gonzaga vs USC Bet: 2021 March Madness Elite 8 Pick and Prediction. The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and we are onto the Elite 8! The top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs will take on a strong six-seed USC Trojans squad in what is sure to be an excellent battle for a Final Four berth.

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Gonzaga has had an easy road to the Elite 8 considering they are the consensus best team in college basketball this year, toppling Norfolk State by 43, Oklahoma by 16, and Creighton by 18.

USC has had to fight a bit harder to get here, but everyone who watches college basketball knows they deserved to be much higher than a six seed. For reference, according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, USC was the sixth-best team in all of college basketball this season, demonstrating the absurdity of their six-seed placement. They crushed Drake by 16, destroyed Kansas by 34, and recently beat Oregon by 14.

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Gonzaga vs USC Bet: 2021 March Madness Elite 8

USC Trojans +9 (-113) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs at Unibet

Gonzaga-USC: Over 153 (-114) at Unibet

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The Trojans have been trouncing their opponents in this tournament in Gonzaga-like fashion, taking down some excellent basketball teams in the process. USC is a long shot to win this game outright considering just how good the Bulldogs are, but a nine-point spread seems like just too much to surrender if you’re looking to place action on ‘Zaga.

If the Zags play A+ basketball, they can beat USC’s A+ basketball by double digits, but all has to be going according to plan for the Bulldogs to make that happen. Expect a Gonzaga victory but with a USC cover.

As far as the game total goes, 153.5 is a very, very sharp line. The game stands a very good chance to be in the 150-to-160-point range when it is all said and done. Gonzaga has had more explosive offensive games by themselves and is capable of putting 80-90 points on the board, but USC’s defense can mitigate the odds of that happening.

I see no value betting on the total in this game, but if I had to lean one way, it would be the Over.


Daniel Preciado

Daniel Preciado is a current student at Syracuse University in the sports analytics program where he is minoring in economics. He is a yearly participant in numerous high-stakes fantasy leagues across multiple sports. Prior to joining The Game Day, Daniel Preciado has written for The Action Network, FanSided, and Fantrax.

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