The top two teams in the country will go at in on Tuesday night in Las Vegas with UCLA looking to get revenge on Gonzaga after the Bulldogs defeated them in the 2021 Final Four on Jalen Suggs’ near-half-court buzzer beater in overtime.
Each team already has a win against a top-10 foe to its credit and both rank in the top 15 in scoring differential in games involving Division I teams with Gonzaga winning by an average of 28.8 ppg and UCLA by 25.5 ppg.
Gonzaga has done it on offense, ranking first in the country in field-goal shooting percentage at 55.1. The Zags also rate fourth in America in points scored on a per-possession basis. Forward Drew Timme is leading the way with 20.8 ppg on 65.3 percent shooting in a light workload of 25.8 minutes per game.
UCLA ranks 74th in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis while Gonzaga is 42nd, and both teams are ranked in the top 25 in the country in rebound rate.
The Bruins are allowing opponents to shoot 42.3 percent from 3-point range, which is 333rd in the country. This will prevent UCLA from getting revenge on Gonzaga.
The play: Gonzaga, -6