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SportsPulse: Scott Gleeson chose Virginia to win all the grand prizes in 2019. He referred to Loyola-Chicago as Cinderella in 2018.
Suddenly, the men’s NCAA Tournament time went from 68th to 4th in less than three weeks, laying the foundation for two national semifinal matchups in Indianapolis’ final four.
Gonzaga faced West Coast power UCLA in a big matchup on Saturday night and continued their unbeaten season. Before the conflict on these fronts, Baylor and Houston gathered the enemies of the former Southwest Conference. The winner will enter the national championship game on Monday (9pm EST, CBS).
Our experts will make predictions for Saturday’s matchup. These predictions will determine which teams will play another game this season:
Baylor (26-2) vs. Houston (28-3)
Nancy armor: If this game happened a month ago, or more precisely, in a game with Baylor in Houston a month ago, I would feel better about Houston’s chances. But the Bears regained their magic in this game, and it looks like they were considered the best team in the country at the beginning of the season. Just as stingy as Houston’s defense, Baylor’s guards have proven that they can overcome almost everything. Baylor 63, Houston 58.
Scott Gleeson: Although Houston’s defense is top-notch, Baylor’s guards (Jared Butler, David Mitchell, Marcio Teague) can break through any defense. The country’s best backcourt helps the Bears lead the nation in three-pointers by keeping the defense honest-first penetrating-and then connecting from outside the three-point line. DeJon Jarreau is a top guard, but coach Kelvin Sampson will need three DeJon Jarreaus to slow the Bears’ back Offensive speed. Baylor 70, Houston 63.
Paul Myerberg: Houston has a defense to keep Baylor secret, but don’t defend for 40 minutes. Since 1948, the defender’s game will eventually exhaust the Cougars and bring the Bears to the championship for the first time. It is worth asking whether Houston’s road to the Final Four prepares the Cougars for this challenge. Baylor 67, Houston 54.
Erick Smith: This game revealed more information about Baylor, which is more than expected to enter the semi-finals. The Bears are promoted by Villanova and Arkansas, showing that they can win under pressure when their usually reliable three-point shot is off. Houston must stop Davyn Mitchell’s offense in order to have a chance to defend. Like UCLA, the question for the Cougars is where does the scoring come from? Quentin Grims can’t do it by himself. Baylor’s depth, especially the offense off the bench, proved to be crucial in this game. Baylor 63, Houston 55.
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Eddie Timanus: We should admit that the United States Athletics Conference has actually achieved a successful playoffs. Of course, Houston entered the semi-finals, and Memphis just entered the NIT championship. Yes, we know NIT, but this sometimes brings bigger things. As for the cougars, I am afraid that their journey has come to an end. We know Houston can defend, but the Bears have more weapons than any team the Jaguars have seen so far. Baylor and Gonzaga have been colliding for a year. This is going to happen. Baylor 81, Houston 64.
Then there is the cloud: The Cougars will work hard to make this game even more ugly, and hope they can score their offensive and offensive rebounds into one or two possession areas in a later game. But Baylor has enough physical fitness in the backcourt, and I don’t think they will be disturbed by Houston’s defensive pressure. The Bears didn’t shoot long distances in the game, but the good news for them is that they don’t necessarily need to win. Baylor 61, Houston 55.
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Gonzaga (30-0) vs UCLA (22-9)
Nancy armor: As UCLA’s operation becomes more and more interesting, and as the entire process of the Bears becomes stronger and stronger, this will be unmatched for Gonzaga. No one is. Gonzaga is so talented. To stop one of its offensive threats, there are two or three others waiting. In addition, Mark Few has been here before, and there is still a lot to say about understanding the greater pressure brought by being one of the last four teams. Gonzaga 73, UCLA 62.
Scott Gleeson: Coach Mick Cronin’s diligent defense can make Gonzaga slow, but coach Mark Few has too many lineups-the most in the past decade One of the talented offensive teams. Johnny Juzang will need more help to help the Bears contend. Look for NBA genius Jalen Suggs (Jalen Suggs) to maintain his outstanding performance. Gonzaga 67, UCLA 60.
Paul Myerberg: The lucky underdog UCLA can hang another semifinal banner and is very happy to reach the semifinals. Defeating Gonzaga is a big problem. The Bulldogs are the best team in the United States, and have won an immortal place in college basketball, and have won twice, and it is difficult to see how the Bruins prevented this from happening. Gonzaga 78, UCLA 60.
Erick Smith: Imagine the pressure in the pipe that built up before bursting. This is the direction of UCLA’s development. The Bears can defend and accompany the Gonzaga team, especially if the Bulldogs feel the final four. But at some point, Gonzaga’s run will happen and the game will be broken. UCLA just lacks the offensive firepower to keep up, which will mean the end of a Magic game for the Bears. This won’t reach Villanova’s record 44-point victory over Oklahoma in the Final Four, but don’t expect it to end in the end. Gonzaka 80, University of California, Los Angeles 55.
Eddie Timanus: Like their coach Mick Cronin (Mick Cronin), the Bruins are full of energy, grumpy and hardworking. It’s ok. If the big men in Southern California can’t interrupt the Bulldogs’ free offense, then the Bears won’t have a chance to shoot, whether they are strong or not. UCLA’s only hope is to surpass Sagus, and this will not happen. Gonzaga 89, University of California, Los Angeles 69.
Then there is the cloud: In the process of entering the semi-finals, the Bears were able to reverse some of the late regular season execution errors, these problems plagued them. Luck also helps. But it’s hard to imagine how close it will be for UCLA’s tournament magic to break out. I don’t think Gonzaga’s offense against this team will be as strong as it has been in the past few weeks. The importance of trying to win a huge favorite to win a championship. But the particular advantage Zags has over UCLA is that they don’t need to be great to win this game. Gonzaga 77, University of California, Los Angeles 63.