The Cinderella story continues for UCLA as they have upset the one-seeded Michigan 51-49 in the Elite 8. UCLA will now move on to face Gonzaga in the Final Four. UCLA is now 5-0 in the NCAA Tournament, as the only team to have won five games so far as they head to the Final Four, and see a monumental boost in their tournament odds.
UCLA is the lone “low” seeded team in the Final Four, as the other two teams are one-seeded Baylor, one-seeded Gonzaga, and the two seed in Houston. Let’s take a look at UCLA’s incredible run, how their NCAA Tournament odds have moved, and a look at their next matchup in the Final Four.
UCLA Upsets Michigan, Advances to Final Four
UCLA’s Bruins are this year’s team of destiny, advancing to the Final Four as an 11-seed. They will face a powerhouse in the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the tournament semi finals.
#UCLA coach Mick Cronin: "Nobody picked us. Nobody believed in us. That's how we like it."
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) March 31, 2021
The Bruins are the definition of a Cinderella story. They were a play-in underdog against Michigan State, underdogs to BYU, and underdogs to Alabama en route to the Elite 8 where they won as seven-point underdogs to Michigan. This is a team of destiny, certainly for bettors during the tournament. The next game will be against Gonzaga, and they are expected to be on the opposite end of the public betting consensus. Stay tuned for those numbers as the Final Four approaches.
Legal sportsbooks made money on UCLA’s win tonight, per PointsBet.
Point spread splits on tonight’s Elite 8 games via @PointsBetUSA:
• USC at Gonzaga (-8.5): 62% of bets, 52% of money on Zags
• UCLA at Michigan (-6.5): 68% of bets, 74% of money on Wolverines
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) March 30, 2021
Gonzaga vs. UCLA Odds – Final Four 2021
The UCLA Bruins’ next game will be against a very formidable opponent in the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga is 30-0 on the season, and have blown out everyone in their path so far in the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga opens as a double-digit favorite at some books, but the official lines will settle as the Final Four approaches.
Early lines from @WilliamHillNJ for the Final Four matchup between #11 UCLA and #1 Gonzaga. 👀🏀🏆
Who are you going to take? pic.twitter.com/Q9mouWVJ3G
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) March 31, 2021
Immediately after the UCLA win, the line opened with Gonzaga as a 13.5+ point favorite at William Hill Sportsbook.
Be sure to keep an eye on the movement as it is released at more and more sportsbooks. The public will certainly be wagering on Gonzaga, making UCLA the underdog again.
Bet on the Final Four Odds
Here’s a look at the full odds for the Final Four:
- Houston (+5) vs. Baylor (-5)
- UCLA (+13.5) vs. Gonzaga (-13.5)
With the most popular betting markets being the spread, moneyline, and total for the Final Four, bettors will certainly be focused on those. But keep in mind the futures market for the remainder of the tournament as well.
- Gonzaga (-250)
- Baylor (+225)
- Houston (+500)
- UCLA (+1600)
Who are you betting on?
Final Four Betting Picks
Let’s take a look at our betting picks for the Final Four:
These odds will move quickly, be sure to get them before the value shifts.
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