The Oklahoma Sooners and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet on Monday in a second-round matchup in the West Region. Oklahoma is the No. 8 seed in the West, while Gonzaga is the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma survived in a close game against Missouri on Saturday night, but the Sooners will have to play much better against Gonzaga. The Sooners spent a majority of the season in the Top 25 but come into this game with a record of just 16-10.
Gonzaga has gone 27-0, and it has absolutely dominated teams along the way. The Bulldogs picked up a 98-55 win over Norfolk State in the first round, and they have been the betting favorites to win the National Championship.
Looking at the college basketball odds, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 14½-point favorites over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Sooners Seeking to Shoot Their Way to Upset
Oklahoma is averaging 75 points per game, and it does most of its damage from the perimeter. The Sooners are a team that shoots a ton of 3-pointers, and they can cause some problems if they are shooting the ball well.
Guard Austin Reaves leads the team with 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game, and he will need to take over this game. Brady Manek is shooting 38% from behind the arc, and he will need to shoot it well against Gonzaga.
Oklahoma will be without De’Vion Harmon for the second straight game due to COVID-19 protocols, and that takes an offensive weapon off the floor. The Sooners don’t have a ton of depth and could wear down in the second half.
The Sooners are holding opponents to 69 points per game, and it would be wise to slow the pace against Gonzaga.
Bulldogs Blistering Teams With Offense
Gonzaga is scoring over 92 points per game, making it the second-highest scoring team in the country. There have been some talented teams in college basketball over the past decade, but this Bulldogs team might have them all beat.
The Bulldogs have four different players scoring at least 11 points per game, and three of their stars will likely be NBA lottery picks. Forward Corey Kispert leads the way with 19 points, and Drew Timme is right behind him with 18.4 points per game.
Gonzaga is going to push the tempo, and it has the ability to wear down opponents in a hurry.
The Bulldogs are holding opponents to less than 69 points per game, and they know how to get stops when needed. There are simply no weaknesses on this Gonzaga team, which is why it is a perfect 27-0.
Gonzaga Simply Too Dominant
It’s rare that you see a double-digit spread in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but you also don’t usually see a team with as much talent as Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have won all but one game by double-digits this season, and they are able to blow teams out in a hurry.
Oklahoma put together an impressive second half in its win over Missouri, but it will take the Sooners’ best game of the year to pull off this upset. Playing without Harmon makes things harder for the Sooners, and they simply won’t be able to keep up.
Gonzaga has been the title favorite all season long, and now is not the time to back away from the Bulldogs. This offense will put together another great showing, and Gonzaga will cruise.
When making your college basketball picks, bet the Gonzaga Bulldogs -14½ over the Oklahoma Sooners in the West Region on Monday.