Abilene Christian at UCLA: 3/22/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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UCLA Bruins (19-9) vs Abilene Christian Wildcats (24-4)
Game Info: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5:15 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -4 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Abilene Christian Wildcats and UCLA Bruins face off on Monday in a Round of 32 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats come into this game with a 24-4 record overall and in the first game they pulled off the upset over the Texas Longhorns. In that game against Texas the defense was strong giving up 52 points, and it was two clutch free throws in the end that sealed the game. The Wildcats were led by Joe Pleasant and Coryon Mason who both scored 11 points. On the season Abilene Christian is averaging 75.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 61.3 points per game. Center Kolton Kahl has been the best player for Abilene Christian averaging 12 points while shooting 54.1 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the UCLA Bruins who have played two games so far in the tournament and looked good in both of them. After beating Michigan State in the first game, they defeated BYU on Saturday. The defense was strong in the last game giving up only 62 points and that led to the victory. UCLA on the season is averaging 73.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.7 points per game. UCLA is shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from behind the three point line. Johnny Juzang has been the best player for UCLA and coming into this game he is averaging 15 points while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.
The over is 11-3 in Abilene Christian’s last 14 games overall. Abilene Christian is 18-6 against the spread in their last 24 games overall. UCLA is 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 games overall.
I expect the pace will be slow in this game and that is going to lead to points being hard to come by. Both teams could finish under 60 and that is going to lead to this game going under the total. Back the under to cash. In terms of the side it's a lean to UCLA, but the stronger play is with the under.