Arizona vs. UCLA - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UCLA Bruins (12-11) at Arizona Wildcats (16-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (McKale Memorial Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -14 -- Over/Under: 141
The UCLA Bruins will travel to the McKale Center to take on the 23rd ranked Arizona Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UCLA Bruins had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-11 (5-5 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 84-66, this past Thursday night. UCLA had no answers defensively for the Sun Devils and couldn’t fight back after Arizona State took a 53-35 lead with 12:49 left in regulation. UCLA shot just 37.9% from the field while allowing Arizona State to shoot 50.0% from the field and 58.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bruins was Cody Riley who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
On the season, UCLA is averaging 69.6 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCLA has been led by Chris Smith (12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Hill (9.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 6.4 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The 23rd Arizona Wildcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-6 (6-3 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the USC Trojans, 85-80, this past Thursday night. Arizona was able to extend a 10-point halftime lead to make it a 63-43 game with 12:56 left in the regulation and withstood a late USC rally to secure the victory. L Arizona shot 45.6% from the field and committed just 6 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Zeke Nnaji who had a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Arizona is averaging 80.0 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona has been led by Zeke Nnaji (16.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Nico Mannion (14.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Josh Green (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Arizona is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Bruins are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
UCLA has won 4 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked 229th in scoring offense, 153rd in scoring defense, and 27th in rebound margin.
Arizona has won 5 of their last 6 games and have been outstanding on both ends of the court as the Wildcats come into this match-up ranked 17th in scoring offense, 35th in FG%, and 25th in defensive FG%.
UCLA has played better as of late, including a solid 72-68 victory at home against Colorado, however, this is a team that has struggled on the road this season, posting just a 2-4 road record and 1-3 on neutral courts. Arizona might be ranked 23rd in the country, however, this is a team that has top-10 talent and as the Wildcats have been outstanding at home this season, I think they pull away in the 2nd half and do enough to cover this large spread. Good Luck!