UCLA’s four-game winning streak against the spread would end against Michigan in the Elite Eight, NCAA Tournament bettors predicted on Tuesday. Instead, the Bruins covered the spread in their fifth straight tournament game, winning outright as an underdog in reaching their first Final Four since 2008.
Their ATS winning streak will end on Saturday against Gonzaga, bettors are now predicting as they pound the Gonzaga spread. Shortly after the 51-49 win over the Wolverines, the Bruins opened as 13.5-point underdogs. It was, and remains, the biggest spread in Final Four history as the number has climbed to 14.5 in advance of the national semifinal. And a staggering 84 percent of the handle, as of Thursday, is on Gonzaga as they seek a fifth straight blowout win and a second national championship game appearance in the last four NCAA Tournaments.
Here are the Final Four betting ticket and handle breakdowns for Gonzaga-UCLA and Baylor-Houston:
(1) Baylor vs. (2) Houston
|Spread||75% on Baylor||74% on Baylor|
|Total||54% on Over||51% on Over|
(1) Gonzaga vs. (11) UCLA
|Spread||76% on Gonzaga||84% on Gonzaga|
|Total||57% on Under||52% on Under|
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