Gonzaga Has Already Made Final Four History Before Even Taking the Court Against UCLA
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are a buzzsaw destroying everything in its path in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Mark Few’s talented squad has reached the Final Four without even breaking a sweat. Gonzaga won all four of its tournament games by 16 points or more, including a 19-point drubbing of USC in the Elite 8 in which they never trailed once.
It’s been a historic season for the undefeated Bulldogs, and they set yet another record this week without even playing a game. Gonzaga opened as a 14-point betting favorite against UCLA this Saturday, which makes them the largest Final Four favorite in NCAA Tournament history.
Any takers on UCLA with the points? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Gonzaga’s historic season
Gonzaga entered the 2021 college basketball season as the favorite to cut down the nets this April. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the preseason, but no one expected just how dominant this team would be from the opening tip.
With veterans Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Joel Ayayi returning to the team, plus five-star recruit Jalen Suggs and Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard joining the fold, the Zags immediately clicked right out of the gate.
The Bulldogs started off their season with convincing wins against Kansas, Auburn, West Virginia, Iowa, and Virginia. Only one of which was by single digits. Gonzaga wanted to prove early on it could hang with the big boys this year, but instead, it proved that the big boys couldn’t hang with the Zags.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season a perfect 24-0. They cleaned up in the West Coast Conference tournament with two more double-digit wins to solidify themselves as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga only played one single-digit game all season. The Zags are just the fifth NCAA team to finish the regular season with an undefeated record since 1976. Neither of the previous four won a national title. Will this be the year?
The Bulldogs have continued their dominance into the NCAA Tournament
If you had Gonzaga making it to the Final Four in your March Madness bracket, you’ve had a stress-free past couple of weeks. The Bulldogs have continued their regular-season dominance into the NCAA Tournament, winning four straight games by 16 or more points to advance to the Final Four.
Gonzaga started off with a ridiculous 43-point win against poor Norfolk State, handled Oklahoma’s hot shooting to eventually win by 16, settled in against Creighton to triumph by 18, and dominated USC from start to finish in a 19-point win.
Now, they get a spunky UCLA team that has Cinderella’d its way from the First Four to the Final Four.
Gonzaga opens as the largest Final Four favorite ever
Gonzaga is still a few days away from meeting UCLA on the court, but the Bulldogs have already made Final Four history. The Zags opened as 14-point favorites against the Bruins on Saturday, which is the largest Final Four spread in NCAA Tournament history.
Gonzaga would’ve covered a 14-point spread in each of their first four games in March Madness. The Bulldogs are also 4-0 against the spread so far in the tournament. Does that change on Saturday, or will the Zags continue to roll ATS?