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Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/30/14

UCLA Bruins (16-4) at Oregon Ducks (14-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins face off on Thursday in Pac-12 college basketball.

The Oregon Ducks ended their five game free fall with a win over Washington State by 27 points but we have to wonder if the Ducks have regrouped or is Washington State just that bad. Oregon is 2-5 in Pac-12 play and 9-2 at home this season. Joseph Young continues to be Oregon’s leading scorer averaging 17.6 points per game. Mike Moser averaging 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds, Jason Caliste is averaging 11.6 points, and Damyean Dotson is averaging 10.8 points. Oregon is averaging 85.9 points per game and they are shooting 47.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 76.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Oregon is loaded with talent it is just a matter of can their defense hold up.

Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/30/14

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The UCLA Bruins have won their last two games and they are 5-2 in the Pac-12 this season. UCLA is 3-3 away from home this season and they have played the 27th ranked schedule in the nation. Jordan Adams is the Bruins leading scorer averaging 17.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Kyle Anderson is averaging 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists, Zach LaVine is averaging 11.9 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 10.8 points. UCLA is averaging 84.3 points and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. UCLA’s most recent loss was on the road at Utah.

Oregon is 12-3-2 against the spread following a win, 11-3-1 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, and 1-7-1 against the spread in their last nine games. UCLA is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against Oregon. The road team has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

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