March Madness: What channel is the UCLA and Gonzaga game on? (Is it on Paramount+?)

The UCLA Bruins and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet in the Sweet 16 of the 2023 NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 23, 2023. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:45 p.m. PT (9:45 p.m. ET), but it could be delayed. The Bruins and Zags are the last game of the day. Usually, these March Madness games run a little longer than regular season games, and then the two teams waiting to play need to warm up.

The Bruins are the No. 2 seed in the West region, and the Zags are the No. 3 seed. While the Bruins are favorites on paper and in Las Vegas, you can throw all of that out of the window. When these two teams meet, you can expect fireworks.

Mark Few and the Zags have won the last two meetings with UCLA. The teams met in Las Vegas last season with Drew Timme leading the Zags to a 20-point win. That matchup followed the epic Final Four game with the Zags and Bruins that ended with Jalen Suggs banking in a 40-footer at the buzzer in overtime to launch the Zags into the National Championship game. They lost to Baylor in the final game of the season.

Is the UCLA game on Paramount+?

Yes, the UCLA game is on Paramount+. UCLA is such a huge TV draw being from the second-biggest TV market, and the Zags usually post high ratings for being the best team, overall, in college basketball over the last six years. UCLA and Gonzaga is the featured game of the night on CBS.

You can watch your local CBS broadcast on Paramount+, but you have to upgrade to Paramount+ Premium. It is $9.99 per month

How to stream Gonzaga-UCLA

Obviously, Paramount+ Premium is one of the ways you can stream the Gonzaga and UCLA game, but there are a number of other live streaming services that also offer CBS.

We shared the list of live streaming service for watching CBS:

Who’s going to win: UCLA or Gonzaga?

UCLA and Gonzaga is an interesting matchup from a style perspective. The Bruins are the second-best defensive team in the country, according to Kenpom, while the Zags have the nation’s best offense in the country. Gonzaga has a below-average defense for a tournament team, while the Bruins have a pretty efficient offense, ranking in the Top 25 of Kenpom.

This contrast of styles probably tips the scales for the Bruins, but I wonder if UCLA can score enough to hang with the Zags. Gonzaga just hung 84 points on the No. 22-ranked defensive team in Kenpom in TCU. They also put 100 points on Alabama in Birmingham, and the Crimson Tide has the No. 3 defense.

Interestingly, in only 10 of the 52 NCAA Tournament games so far, both teams have scored at least 70 points, which means only 10 teams who scored 70 points in a game lost. Gonzaga scored less than 70 points in only four games this season. They went 1-3 in those games. The Zags have scored more than 70 points in every game since Jan. 19, and they’ve gone 14-1 in those games.

UCLA, on the other hand, has played 12 games this season where they scored less than 70 points. They are 9-3 in those games. In their last six games scoring under 70, UCLA is just 3-3. This is going to be the deciding factor in the game.

If Gonzaga can limit turnovers and push the pace, they’re going to advance. If UCLA can slow the tempo, force turnovers, and keep the game in the 60s, I like UCLA’s chances.

With how Gonzaga has been playing lately, I like the Zags in this matchup. UCLA likes to run a little bit, and against Gonzaga, it’s easy to get roped into playing their way.

Score Prediction: Gonzaga 74, UCLA 64