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UConn vs. Gonzaga Elite Eight pick: March Madness predictions, odds

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UConn (-2.5) over Gonzaga

I hate analytics.

I hate its arrogance, its black-and-white outlook, its inability to measure intangibles, its desire to kill debate, its lack of accountability.

Still, advanced metrics serve a purpose.

It can see past the bias of the eyes and the mind, often painting a more accurate picture of reality.

And it was right about UConn all along. It was in mid-January when the Huskies’ 14-0 start to the season faded from memory, replaced by the sting of six losses in eight games.

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Still, UConn remained an analytics darling, ranked among the nation’s top teams.

Currently, the Huskies are only ranked behind top-seeds Alabama and Houston on, and have unquestionably been the top team in the NCAA Tournament, dominating three opponents —and legitimate threats — on both ends of the floor.

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Gonzaga hasn’t lost since Feb. 4, but the Bulldogs wouldn’t be here today without UCLA coach Mick Cronin’s refusal to double-team Drew Timme and injuries to two Bruins starters.

The Huskies’ size, depth and rebounding prowess will prevent Gonzaga from getting so many easy looks again.

Stops will be even harder to find for Mark Few against Adama Sanogo and Jordan Hawkins.