In a rematch of the Final Four overtime thriller in the 2021 NCAA Tournament between Gonzaga and UCLA, the two teams will meet up again Tuesday in Las Vegas in one of the best nonconference showdowns of the season. This time, it's No. 1-ranked Gonzaga vs. No. 2-ranked UCLA in just the between the two top-ranked teams in the AP poll.
Both teams have respectively held up their end of the bargain in the early portion of nonconference play to set this Tuesday tussle up for the big-time. Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga has smacked every team it has come across en route to a 5-0 start. And UCLA has its own win over a quality opponent with an OT victory over Villanova as part of its own 5-0 record.
The Zags are favorites in this game, as expected for the team that's sat atop the AP poll since last preseason, but UCLA played them closer than any non-Baylor team did last season and has thus far looked the part of a worthy challenger. We should be in for a good one on Tuesday.
How to watch Gonzaga vs. UCLA live
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 23 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena -- Las Vegas
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Gonzaga vs. UCLA prediction, picks
UCLA's guards will give Gonzaga all it can handle in this one with Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr. -- who scored 29 and 19 points, respectively, in the April matchup -- looking like they could present the biggest problems for Mark Few's club. It's just hard to bet against the Zags' bigs and their length. Drew Timme and his sweet feet are going to get buckets. Chet Holmgren is going to swat everything in sight. And their presence in the post on both ends probably does not portend well for UCLA. Laying the points with the Zags, who I think will again state their case as the best team in all the land. Prediction: Gonzaga 73, UCLA 65
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