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 South Region Round of 64 clash pitting the #6 UCLA Bruins up against the #11 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
South Region Picks: #11 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. #6 UCLA Bruins
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 9:57 ET
South Region Location: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
Minnesota vs. UCLA Live on TV: truTV
Round of 64 Betting Lines
#11 Minnesota Golden Gophers -3
#6 UCLA Bruins +3
Shame on the oddsmakers for simply getting this one wrong. Had G Jordan Adams been healthy, this UCLA team would be at least -2 or -3 in this game, and though we have no doubt that the impact of his injury is big for the Bruins, we don’t see it really being a six-point swing by any stretch of the imagination. The rotation that Head Coach Ben Howland brought to the table with Adams was deep, and though that depth is challenged at this point, it’s still a good enough team to make a nice run here in March. We trust that G Shabazz Muhammad can still carry the scoring load, while F Kyle Anderson can be a bit of a point forward on the court. G Larry Drew II is still one of the best distributing point guards in the game, and F Travis Wear and his brother, F David Wear are both good post contributors. What more could you ask for? Minnesota does have a talented team, and its 20-12 record wasn’t a great representation of how talented this team really is. However, the Golden Gophers lost their last three games of the season to Purdue, Nebraska, and Illinois. Do you want to lay three points with a team that just lost those three games in a row to end the regular season here in March Madness? We certainly don’t.
Minnesota vs. UCLA Free Pick: UCLA +3
Minnesota vs. UCLA Predictions: UCLA 73 – Minnesota 66