UCLA at BYU: 3/20/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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BYU Cougars (20-6) vs UCLA Bruins (18-9)
Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:40 pm (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: BYU Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UCLA Bruins and BYU Cougars face off on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament college basketball showdown at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The UCLA Bruins have already played one tournament game so far against Michigan State and they were able to come away with the 86-80 victory. It took overtime to get the job done in that last game,and they were able to come away with the 86-80 victory. Jamie Jaquez Jr. has been the best player for UCLA averaging 27 points, four rebounds, and two assists. UCLA overall this season sits with an 18-9 record overall and they had lost four games in a row before beating Michigan State in the last game. UCLA on the season is averaging 73.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.9 points per game. Johnny Juzang has been the best player for UCLA averaging 14.5 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the BYU Cougars who sit with a 20-6 record overall and they have won five of the last six games. The only loss during that stretch was in their last game against Gonzaga, a game they lost by six points. BYU on the season is averaging 77.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.8 points per game. BYU is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Alex Barcello has been the best player for BYU averaging 15.9 points while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from behind the three point line. In this game BYU is going to need the defense to be good.
UCLA is 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 games overall. BYU is 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games played on Saturday. The over is 10-4-1 in BYU’s last 15 games as a favorite.
The wrong team is favored in this game. UCLA’s offense is going to be strong again and that will be the difference in this game. Back UCLA to come away with a victory.