TV Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 12, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Stadium: McCarthey Athletic Center
This showdown has awesomeness written all over it.
The UCLA Bruins might have a record of 6-3, but one must not forget that the Bruins handed the Kentucky Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, their first loss of 2015-16. That said, UCLA did lose to Wake Forest, Kansas and Monmouth. The victory against the UNLV Rebels does look nice, though.
As for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, they might have a record of 6-2, but they entered the season with monster expectations. You know, like making the Final Four. The Bulldogs’ two losses came against Texas A&M and Arizona (both teams were ranked in the top 25). They do hold a win over Connecticut (ranked in the top 25 at the time).
If fans are in search of some star power, then UCLA’s Bryce Alford and Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer are always players to watch out for. In fact, Wiltjer entered the season as a serious Player of the Year candidate.
A win for the Bruins would certainly push them into the top 25 and might even make them a dark horse for the national championship. After all, wins against Kentucky and Gonzaga are pretty darn impressive.
The Bulldogs entered the season as title contenders for a reason, though.
Everything aside, we will find out very soon if UCLA’s win against the Wildcats was an outlier or major things to come.
PREDICTION: Bruins 71, Bulldogs 83