Akron at UCLA - 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

UCLA Bruins (25-7) vs Akron Zips (24-9)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 9:50 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -13.5 -- Over/Under: 128 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins will play the Akron Zips in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The UCLA Bruins are 25-7 (15-5) this season and have won five of their last six games. UCLA is coming off of a loss to Arizona in the PAC-12 Tournament Final by a score of 84-76. UCLA shot 42% from the field and was -7 in rebounding margin in the loss. Jules Bernard led the Bruins with 19 points and 3 rebounds in the game. UCLA is averaging 76.4 points per game and is giving up 64.8 points per game against, while also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Johnny Juzang is averaging 16 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. is averaging 14 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Bruins. UCLA is shooting 45% on field goals, 73.6% on free throws, and 35.1% on three pointers.

The Akron Zips are 24-9 (14-6) this season and have won eight games in a row. Akron defeated Kent State by a score of 75-55 in the MAC Conference Tournament Final. Akron shot 52.1% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the win. Enrique Freeman led the Zips with 23 points and 8 rebounds in the game. Akron is averaging 71.2 points per game and is giving up 62.8 points per game against, while also averaging 35 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game. Ali Ali is averaging 14.2 points per game and 2.6 assists per game, while Xavier Castaneda is averaging 13.5 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Zips. Akron is shooting 46.2% on field goals, 68.7% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers.

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Akron is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games. The under is 4-1 in Akron’s last 5 games. UCLA is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. The over is 5-1 in UCLA’s last 6 games.

UCLA comes into this Tournament with a ton of confidence after making a huge splash in last year’s Tourney. Akron upset the top seed in the MAC Tournament on their way to the title. I think UCLA will be able to score at will against the Zips, which is why I am taking the over.

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