The wait is finally over for college basketball fans as the Sweet 16 is set to begin with three great matchups for bettors to capitalize on. The UCLA-Gonzaga matchup closes out the first day of action this week, and bettors looking for a play in the highly-anticipated matchup should lock in this Amari Bailey player prop.
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Best UCLA-Gonzaga Bet: Amari Bailey to Show out in Sweet 16?
Amari Bailey Prop: O/U 14.5 Points
OddsShopper Premium tools have highlighted the over 14.5 points for Amari Bailey (-105 on PointsBet Sportsbook). The models give this play a 54% chance of hitting, making for an ROI of 3%. It is the highest ROI of any UCLA-Gonzaga bet.
Bailey, a freshman shooting guard for UCLA, has averaged 10.9 points per game in his first season with the Bruins but has been steadily showing signs of improvement throughout the season. He led the way with 19 points in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game against Arizona and has followed it up with a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Bailey scored 14 against Northwestern after putting up 17 in the opening round against UNC Asheville.
Bruins coach Mick Cronin indicated that he was looking to get Bailey more looks after the Northwestern win.
“What did Amari have?” Cronin said afterward, per LA Times. “Fourteen. I was hoping for 18. But it’s my fault he didn’t get enough shots. Still working on figuring that one out.”
As the season has progressed, Amari Bailey has gone from a rising star to a catalyst in the Bruins offense. And for them to continue their NCAA Tournament run, they are going to need the freshman to continue his scoring prowess.
Look for Amari Bailey to take his coach’s advice, and get some looks from the jump in the UCLA-Gonzaga matchup, making his over 14.5 points a strong play for the last game of the night.
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