The 11th seeded UCLA Bruins have advanced from the first 4 all the way to the Final 4 beating a one and two seed on the way. Coach Mick Cronin has been maybe the best coach in this entire tournament, he has no seniors and lost two starters earlier in the year and yet the Bruins are here. Gonzaga on the other hand has been on one of the most dominant runs in College Basketball history and our just 2 wins away from becoming the first undefeated national champion since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. The Zags have all the pressure entering this Final 4 but they are led by Mark Few and with Few, at the helm, I doubt the pressure gets to them.
A lot of people picked Michigan State over UCLA in the first 4 and those people were wrong! This game looks like a mismatch from the start but after what UCLA has accomplished to get to this point I would not count them out just yet.
The defense will be the key and the defense has been on point during this entire tournament, the problem to me is no matter how good of defense you play Gonzaga at worst is scoring at least in the mid-70s and I just don’t know if the Bruins can put enough points on the board to even have a shot at this game.
On the bright-side, they are not even supposed to be here and with that being said a quick start could give them a shot in this game. They will have to shoot the ball better than they ever have and they will need to play a perfect game on the defensive side of the court to win this one.
Dominant is the word that comes to mind when I think of the Zags. USC supposedly had the inside presence to give Gonzaga issues, but they didn’t and that was the one weakness some thought might come back to bite them in the butt?
The Zags out-rebounded USC easily and not to rip on UCLA but they really don’t have the athletes that the Trojans have and the Trojans got runs over by the Zags. I think we are to the point where the only team that can beat Gonzaga is Gonzaga.
I love the Mick Cronin and the UCLA Cinderella story but it will come to a screeching halt in this game. The Zags will dominate this game from start to finish.
Gonzaga 88 UCLA 60