UNC Asheville vs UCLA Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/16/23

UCLA Bruins (29-5) vs UNC Asheville Bulldogs (27-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 10:05 pm (Golden 1 Center)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -17.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins will play the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the West Region on Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

UCLA Preview

The UCLA Bruins are 29-5 (18-2) this season after they lost to Arizona by a score of 61-59 in the PAC-12 Tournament Final. UCLA was the best team in the PAC-12 this season, but they have ran into some recent injury trouble that cost them the PAC-12 Tournament Title. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 73.9 points per game, 60.3 points against per game, 35.8 rebounds per game, and 14.2 assists per game. Jaime Jaquez Jr. has led the Bruins this season with 17.3 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game. UCLA is shooting 45.8% from the field, 72.2% on free throws, and 34.7% on three pointers this year. 

UNC Asheville Preview

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs are 27-7 (16-2) this season after they defeated Campbell by a score of 77-73 in the Big South Tournament Final. UNC Asheville has won nine games in a row and has scored at least 75 points in five of their last six games. The UNC Asheville Bulldogs are averaging 75 points per game, 68.6 points against per game, 35.1 rebounds per game, and 12.9 assists per game. Drew Pember has led the Bulldogs this season with 21.2 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game. UNC Asheville is shooting 47.7% from the field, 69.4% on free throws, and 39% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

UNC Asheville is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 9-4 in UNC Asheville’s last 13 games. UCLA is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 4-0 in UCLA’s last 4 Thursday games. 

Pick

UNC Asheville comes into this game with one of the longest active winning streaks in the country, but will face a very good UCLA team here. UCLA does have some injury issues, which really limited their ability to play big men against Arizona, but it shouldn’t factor much into this game. I think UCLA will win this game easily, but I like UNC Asheville to keep it respectable with their very good three point shooting. 

David’s Pick UNC Asheville +17.5

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