2:10 pm
March 28

NCAA Tournament West Region: #5 Creighton v. #1 Gonzaga

Who will WIN this matchup?

#5 Creighton Bluejays (22-8)

#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-0)


Current odds:

Creighton Bluejays: (+700)

Gonzaga Bulldogs: (-1100)


The line for this game is Gonzaga by 13 points.

Celebrated, but not satisfied. That was the feeling for top overall seed Gonzaga after it advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the sixth consecutive time, beating No. 8-seed Oklahoma 87-71 Monday. That set up a West Regional matchup Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis with fifth-seeded Creighton, which beat No. 13 Ohio 72-58 in the second round.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few was doused with water in the locker room and did a celebratory handstand after his team’s 32nd consecutive victory dating to last season.

The Bulldogs (28-0 overall) posted their 25th consecutive victory by double digits in beating the Sooners. Forward Drew Timme scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Gonzaga. “Obviously, it’s a childhood dream,” Timme said of reaching the Sweet 16. “This feeling is only going to last the rest of the night and then we’ve got to prepare and we have a lot of work to do. We’re not satisfied with this. This is not the end goal.” That would be winning the national title and becoming the first undefeated champion since Indiana 45 years ago.

Corey Kispert, one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy as college basketball’s player of the year, and freshman standout Jalen Suggs added 16 points apiece against Oklahoma.

While the Bulldogs have made the Sweet 16 an almost annual occurrence, Creighton (22-8) will be making its first trip in 47 years. Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points to lead the Bluejays past Ohio.

Creighton had a much easier time Monday than it did in the first round, when it edged UC Santa Barbara 63-62 on Christian Bishop’s two free throws with 16 seconds remaining.

Damien Jefferson added 15 points for the Bluejays in their win over Ohio.

StreakSmarter Pick
#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs