Gonzaga is hoping its 2022 NCAA Tournament run ends better than its 2021 one did. The Bulldogs were undefeated until the 2021 NCAA title game, where they lost to Baylor in blowout fashion.
As such, the Bulldogs are still looking to win the March Madness tournament for the first time in program history. If they want to do that in 2022, they will have to first get through No. 4 seed Arkansas in the Sweet 16.
Arkansas (27-8) is going to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season under third-year coach Eric Musselman. The Razorbacks have won 17 of their last 20 games after starting 0-3 in SEC play. They survived close calls against 13-seed Vermont and 12-seed New Mexico State to reach the Sweet 16 and square off against the Bu NCAA Autographed Memorabilia lldogs.
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Gonzaga (28-3) is in the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in program history. The Bulldogs have made it in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments dating back to 2016. Gonzaga pulled away from 16-seed Georgia State in the final 10 minutes in its Round 1 win before earning a comeback win over Memphis in Round 2 after trailing by 10 points at halftime.
Neither Gonzaga nor Arkansas have looked dominant in the tournament, but each has the talent needed to make a deep postseason run. Which team will make it through to the Elite Eight? Here's everything to know about betting on Gonzaga vs. Arkansas in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including updated odds, trends and Sporting News' prediction for the third-round game.
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Gonzaga vs. Arkansas odds
Below are the betting odds for the Sweet 16 matchup between Gonzaga and Arkansas, courtesy of Sports Interaction Sportsbook.
- Spread: Gonzaga -8.5
- Over/under: 154.5
- Moneyline: Gonzaga -334, Arkansas +275
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— Gonzaga is 0-2 ATS in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs are just 6-9 ATS overall in non-conference games despite being 13-2 SU in those contests.
— Arkansas is also 0-2 ATS in their two NCAA Tournament wins, but they are 4-1 ATS (2-3 SU) as an underdog during the 2021-22 college basketball season.
— The Razorbacks have never been more than a 6.5-point underdog this season and are 3-0 ATS in games where they are 6-plus-point dogs.
Gonzaga key players
The Bulldogs have a solid, eight-man rotation that is bolstered by one of the best starting lineups in college basketball. All five of Gonzaga's starters average at least 11.3 points per game, and their two leading scorers — Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren — average a c Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry Shirts ombined 32.4 points per game.
Timme (6-10) and Holmgren (7-0) give Gonzaga plenty of size. Meanwhile, the three guards that play alongside them give the team plenty of shooting. Rasir Bolton shoots a blistering 47 percent from 3-po College Cold Weather Shirts int range whil UNC vs. Duke Rivalry Jerseys e Julian Strawther and Andrew Nembhard shoot 37.1 and 38.5 percent from deep respectively.
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Nembhard orchestrates the Bulldogs' offense, and averages 5.8 assists per game. He also is the team's best free throw shooter at 86.8 percent. Expect to see him on the line late if Gonzaga and Arkansas end up playing the foul game.
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Arkansas key players
The Razorbacks also primarily use an eight-man rotation. However, while Gonzaga relies on its big men to carry the team's offense, Arkansas relies more on its guard play.
JD Notae is the star for the Razorbacks, as he averages 18.4 points per game. Beyond him, the team has three double-digit scorers — Stanley Umude, Au'Diese Toney and Jaylin Williams. The former two are guards while Williams serves as the Razorbacks' big man.
Arkansas gets eight points per game out of the team's final starter, Davonte Davis, and bench sparkplug Chris Lykes. Lykes is just 5-7 but he averages 8 points in 18 minutes per game. He is also an 87.1 percent free throw shooter and helped seal the Razorbacks' win over New Mexico State in Round 2 of March Madness.
Best individual matchup: Chet Holmgren vs. Jaylin Williams
Chet Holmgren is currently favored to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He's a skilled 7-footer and nearly averages a doub Kentucky vs. Louisville Rivalry Shirts le-double per game with 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. Beyond that, he is one of college basketball's best shooters — his 60.9 shooting percentage is 12th-best in the NCAA — and averages 3.7 blocks per game, good for fourth-most in the NCAA.
Holmgren can be difficult to stop, but he does come with one current deficiency. He's built like a stick bug and weighs just 195 pounds, so he can struggle against big, physical players.
Jaylin Williams qualifies as one. Arkansas' starting center is 6-10, 250 pounds averages 10.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. The sophomore is strong and while he might not be as long as the lanky Holmgren, he will be able to negate at least some of his impact fighting for position in the low post.
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Gonzaga vs. Arkansas stat to know
Arkansas has shot the ball just 35.5 percent from the field during the 2022 NCAA Tournament while Gonzaga has shot 51.1 percent. The Razorbacks have scored 128 points compared to the Bulldogs' 175 as a result, and that's with Arkansas generating 42 points from free throws (32.8 percent of their total points).
What does this mean? If Arkansas doesn't shoot better from the field, they will have trouble keeping pace with Gonzaga — unless they can continue to get, and make, a high volume of free throws.
Get to know … JD Notae
Most college basketball fans are familiar with the Gonzaga stars Holmgren a Coppin State Eagles shirt nd Timme, but Notae may not be as well known. Arkansas' star has been a catalyst for his team and has helped them reach the Sweet 16 with his rock-solid play.
Notae was one of the most productive all-around players in college basketball during the 2021-22 season. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He also racked up 2.3 steals per game, good for the 14th-most among NCAA players.
Notae wasn't particularly efficient, as he shot just 40.1 percent from the field. Still, he is a high-energy player and has Dayton Flyers shirt averaged 17.5 points per game during the NCAA Tournament. More impressively, he racked up a whopping eight steals against New Mexico State and will look to add to that total against Gonzaga.
Gonzaga vs. Arkansas prediction
The Bulldogs haven't looked nearly as unbeatable as they did during their run to the 2021 NCAA championship game, but they still hold the advantage in this contest. They have been the hottest-shooting team in the NCAA this season — they ranked NCAA Car Accessories No. 1 in field goal percentage at 52.6 — while Arkansas was a middle-of-the-pack shooting team that has now hit a cold spell.
The Razorbacks should still put up a good fight in this contest. They have a scrappy bunch that plays with energy under Musselman. That said, Mark Few and his team should be able to win this one. It's just a matter of whether the Bulldogs will be able to cover an eight-point spread.
Given Arkansas' success playing as an underdog this year as well as the close calls Gonzaga has dealt with in its firs Coast Guard Academy Bears shirt t two games, we'll assume the Razorbacks can keep this close.
Final score: Gonzaga 73, Arkansas 67