Two teams with Final Four hopes collide on Friday night at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The reigning national champion, No. 5 UConn, meets No. 10 Gonzaga at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
The 9-1 Huskies have one of the most impressive teams in college basketball through the opening weeks of the season, with big wins over Texas and North Carolina, as well as a close loss on the road at Kansas. The 8-2 Bulldogs, who have entered four of the last six NCAA Tournaments as a 1-seed, lost to top-5 Purdue on Nov. 20 and to unranked Washington on Dec. 9.
Below is everything you need to know about Friday’s game, including our UConn vs Gonzaga betting pick.
Here are our UConn vs Gonzaga odds, picks, and predictions.
UConn vs Gonzaga Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under
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UConn Huskies (9-1, 6-4 ATS)
Despite losing several key pieces from last year’s NCAA Championship-winning squad, the Huskies once again look like one of the best teams in the country. They have not only beaten No. 9 North Carolina (87-76 on Dec. 5) and No. 19 Texas (81-71 on Nov. 20), but done so in convincing fashion. Guard Tristen Newton and big men Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban all played key roles a year ago and give Dan Hurley’s team three proven commodities, but it’s this team’s depth and athleticism that make it a brutal matchup. Transfer sharpshooter Cam Spencer from Rutgers has been as good as advertised, and dynamic freshmen Solomon Ball and Stephon Castle make this team that much tougher to guard.
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-2, 4-5 ATS)
Following one of the biggest roster overhauls of any contender in college basketball, coach Mark Few’s team entered this season with plenty of quality options, but a massive amount of production to replace. No team in the sport relied more on one player than the Bulldogs did on Drew Timme last year. His departure, as well as those of Julian Strawther, Rasir Bolton, and Malachi Smith, left Gonzaga in need of a major influx of talent. Few addressed this via both the transfer portal (Ryan Nembhard from Creighton and Graham Ike from Wyoming) and the recruiting trail, with Dusty Stromer becoming the rare Gonzaga player to immediately step into the starting lineup as a true freshman.
Gonzaga also returns Anton Watson, Nolan Hickman, and Ben Gregg from a year ago. Watson, Hickman, and fellow returnee Braden Huff, a redshirt freshman, have all started the season averaging double figures. Given all the roster turnover, Gonzaga has the feel of a team that could experience some early-season stumbles but be really good in March once all the new faces have had some time to jell and define their roles.
UConn vs Gonzaga Odds and Prediction: UConn To Keep Rolling
Both teams lost plenty of talent from last year, but so far, the Huskies have fewer question marks. In addition to impressive wins over Texas and North Carolina, UConn managed to nearly knock off Kansas in Lawrence on a bad shooting night for most of the roster — even with Newton’s 31 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point land, the Huskies as a team went just 11-for-28 from downtown. UConn just has too many weapons to bet against them — from Clingan, Karaban, and Samson Johnson inside to a deep group of guards led by Newton.
Gonzaga will be able to keep this game close thanks to its strong frontcourt (the battle between Clingan and Co. and Gonzaga’s Watson and Ike will be one of the best of the season so far), but the Huskies will ultimately get the win and cover.
Pick: UConn (-4 at time of publishing)
How To Watch UConn vs Gonzaga
- Date: Friday, Dec. 15, 2023
- Tipoff: 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Climate Pledge Arena — Seattle
- Where to Watch: ESPN2