- The Gonzaga Bulldogs are favored to beat the Baylor Bears at -190 odds on the moneyline.
- The standard spread is set at -4.5 points in favor of Gonzaga.
- The Over/Under starts at 159 points with -110 odds on both sides of the line.
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2021 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship Game is set to air at 9:20 p.m. EST and will conclude what has been one of the most dramatic March Madness Tournaments of all time.
It will also be the last time that college basketball fans will be able to bet on March Madness this season.
The matchup between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor Bears is one that fans of the sport were robbed of earlier in the season due to COVID-19 cancellation. However, the two best teams in the country from start to finish of the season will be battling it out with everything on the line.
Gonzaga, who enters this game at 31-0, is favored to have a perfect season and is the odds-on favorite on both the spread and the moneyline. The Over/Under also signifies a high scoring game. But, bettors aren’t locked into these college basketball odds.
Alternate lines can be found on the championship game and provide a better return should they hit.
Baylor Vs. Gonzaga Alternate Spread
Currently, online sportsbooks have Gonzaga at -4.5 with -105 odds and Baylor at +4.5 with -115 odds. However, those that are high on either team can find better-priced odds by looking at the alternate lines.
For example, those fishing for an upset can get Baylor at +3.5 with +105 odds or even at -1.5 with +180 odds. Those looking for Gonzaga to continue their run at dominance can get them at -5.5 with +105 odds or even -6.5 with +120 odds.
There are some notable trends bettors should be aware of when exploring these lines.
The first comes at the fact that of the 31 games that Gonzaga has played, they have beaten their opponent by double digits in 29 of them. Gonzaga is also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in the tournament, their lone ATS loss coming at the hands of the UCLA Bruins in the Final Four.
Gonzaga came into their Final Four game as 14-point favorites, making it much more difficult to cover.
Baylor on the other hand as gone 4-0 ATS in their last four matchups overall. The Bears are also 6-1 against the spread the last seven times they’ve come into a game as an underdog.
Both teams have the history to back their choice on the spread, making an alternate betting line all the more attractive.
Baylor vs. Gonzaga Alternate Over/Under
The total for Gonzaga vs. Baylor is set at 159 points with -110 odds on both sides of the line. The line is set fairly high, but still less than both team’s average combined.
Gonzaga has averaged a remarkable 91.6 points per game and leads the nation in that category. Baylor is fourth in the nation when it comes to points per game at 82.8.
Their scoring has decreased during the tournament, however, with Gonzaga putting up an average of 87 points in their last three games and Baylor scoring 73.7 points in their last three. The current line is set closer to these tournament averages.
The drop-off could be linked to the greater defensive intensity from opponents and possible jitters from being on the sport’s biggest stage.
But, the trends for both teams point to the Over being the play.
The Over is 14-3 in Baylor’s last 17 games overall and is 10-3 in the Bears’ last thirteen games playing in a neutral court.
Those who want to bet the over can find Over 162 points at +120 odds and Over 163.5 at +140 odds.
Hasan began his career working in local and state government offices while studying marketing at Florida State University. After graduating, he began to write on the sports betting industry as a whole. This includes online gambling in the U.S. as well as news regarding the latest happenings in sports. In his free time, Hasan is both a creative writer and a life-long fan of the Florida State Seminoles football team. He also produces music, plays soccer, and travels.