The Sweet 16 of the 2023 NCAA Tournament will begin on Thursday, March 23, and will feature a matchup between the No. 2 UCLA Bruins and the No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs. This West Region semifinal will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Game date: Thursday, March 23
Game time: After conclusion of Arkansas-UConn (est. 9:45 p.m. ET)
TV channel: CBS
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Moneyline: UCLA -120, Gonzaga +100
No. 2 UCLA 31-5 (18-2 Pac-12)
First Round: Defeated No. 15 UNC Asheville 86-53
Second Round: Defeated No. 7 Northwestern
KenPom rating: 2 Overall, 21 Offense, 2 Defense
Leading scorer: Jaime Jaquez Jr. (17.3 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Held opponents to 37.3% shooting in both games of the tournament
UCLA got a late test by Northwestern on Saturday but ultimately held off its future Big Ten conference foe to move on to the Sweet 16. This was a three-point game inside two minutes before David Singleton buried a clutch three to give them some cushion. Jaime Jaquez Jr. offered up 24 points and eight rebounds in the win.
No. 3 Gonzaga 30-5 (14-2 WCC)
First Round: Defeated No. 14 Grand Canyon 82-70
Second Round: Defeated No. 6 TCU 84-81
KenPom rating: 7 Overall, 1 Offense, 77 Defense
Leading scorer: Drew Timme (20.9 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Gonzaga leading the nation in effective field goal percentage at 58.5%
Gonzaga rallied on Sunday to edge TCU and earn its eighth straight trip to the Sweet 16. The Bulldogs trailed by 10 at one point in the first half before rallying to flip the game in the second half. Drew Timme once again stepped up for the Zags with 28 points and eight rebounds in the win.