From First Four To Final Four: UCLA Defies All Odds

  • The UCLA Bruins have tied for the lowest seed to ever make the Final Four.
  • UCLA was seen as underdogs in four of their five March Madness games.

INDIANAPOLIS - The UCLA Bruins have done the near-impossible and have made it from the First Four all the way to the Final Four. In doing so, the Bruins have also tied for the lowest seed in the history of March Madness to make it to the Final Four at the 11-seed.

Looking back at UCLA’s run, they have been going against the odds as the underdogs in four of their five March Madness games. Online sportsbooks gave them +135 odds in their First Four game with the Michigan State, +140 odds in the First Round against BYU, they were -5.5-point favorites against Abilene Christian, and +250 underdogs against Alabama and Michigan who they defeated in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

To put this into perspective, if a bettor was to place a $100 bet on each of their college basketball odds, they would be enjoying $865 in profit right now.

Something else to take note of here is what their odds were to actually make the Final Four. Looking back at the odds before March Madness even started, UCLA was sitting at +5000 odds make it to the Final Four, so those that got in on them early on are enjoying a very nice profit.

Looking ahead to their Final Four matchup, they will face arguably their toughest opponent yet as the face Gonzaga. Going into the game, UCLA is facing their largest spread yet as they are seen as a whopping 14.5-point underdog.

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Final Four: Gonzaga Bulldogs Vs. UCLA Bruins Odds

  • Moneyline: Gonzaga (-1200) vs. UCLA (+700)
  • Spread: Gonzaga -14.5
  • Total: 146 Points

There should be no questions as to why Gonzaga is the favorite to win here being that they are undefeated thus far in the season. However, this could be their toughest game yet as UCLA has the potential to give them a run for their money, especially on the spread.

Gonzaga has been a terror against the spread as they have gone 4-0 against the spread in March Madness. However, UCLA has done the same as they have gone 5-0 against the spread throughout March Madness as well. With that, UCLA will certainly look to keep this a close game if they can.

As for the game total, both teams have been hitting the Over throughout the tournament which is shaping this game out to be a high-scoring one. Gonzaga has hit the Over in 15 of their last 22 March Madness games and UCLA has gone 9-4 hitting the Over in their last 12 March Madness games as an underdog.