Ready for more of the best March Madness picks you’re going to find on the internet? We’re back for another round of bracket predictions here at Cappers Info, and up next is the West Region Round of 32 clash pitting the #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs up against the #9 Wichita State Shockers.
West Region Picks: #9 Wichita State Shockers vs. #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 8:40 ET
West Region Location: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Wichita State vs. Gonzaga Live on TV: TNT
Round of 32 Betting Lines
#9 Wichita State Shockers +6.5
#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs -6.5
Will the real Gonzaga Bulldogs please stand up? It’s going to be tough to tell, even as this tournament proceeds as to whether or not the Zags truthfully belonged as a No. 1 seed or not in the NCAA Tournament. They sure as heck didn’t look like it against the Southern Jaguars on Thursday, as they were pushed right to the brink of elimination by a No. 16 seed, which was in a tied game with just a few minutes left to play. Of course, at this point, it’s all about survival, and Head Coach Mark Few and the gang clearly at least did that on Thursday. Wichita State played in a very physical game against the Pitt Panthers on Thursday as well, and we think that could really come back to hurt it when push comes to shove in this game. The Bulldogs are a bit of finesse than anything else, but they can bang with you on the inside and won’t be afraid to do so. We think that this is the end of the road for a gritty Wichita State team, but it won’t once again come without a real fight to the Zags. F Kelly Olynyk and F Elias Harris will play better ball in this one than they did against Southern, but it won’t be good enough to win this game by a full touchdown when push comes to shove. Take F Carl Hall, F Cleanthony Early, and the Shockers to stick inside of this number.
Wichita State vs. Gonzaga Free Pick: Wichita State Shockers +6.5
Wichita State vs. Gonzaga Predictions: Gonzaga 68 – Wichita State 63