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UCLA Bruins vs. Oregon Ducks Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14

Oregon Ducks (18-8) at UCLA Bruins (21-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)

The Line: UCLA Bruins -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks face off on Thursday at Pauley Pavilion in a Pac-12 college basketball rematch.

The UCLA Bruins are coming off of a loss to Stanford that ended their four game winning streak and knocked them out of the national rankings. UCLA is 10-4 in the Pac-12 and 15-1 at home this season. Jordan Adams is averaging 17.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 6.9 assists, Norman Powell is averaging 11.2 points, and Zach LaVine is averaging 10.6 points. UCLA is averaging 82.9 points and they are shooting 49.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. UCLA looks to be a lock to make the NCAA Tournament but they can’t seem to stay in the national rankings.

UCLA Bruins vs. Oregon Ducks Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14

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The Oregon Ducks have win three games in a row as they look to stake their claim for a place in March Madness. Oregon is 6-8 in the Pac-12 and 5-5 away from home. Joseph Young is the Ducks leading scorer averaging 18.6 points per games. Mike Moser is averaging 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds, Jason Calliste is averaging 11.8 points, and Damyean Dotson is averaging 10.7 points per game. Oregon is averaging 82.8 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Oregon has a 43 RPI and 44 strength of schedule and will have an argument to be in the Big Dance with a decent finish.

UCLA is 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, 11-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t caver the point spread, and 6-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Oregon is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 3-8-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

This is a big number and while I like the Bruins to win I like the Ducks and the points for the cover. 

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Oregon Ducks +8.5

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