UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinal Pac-12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/14/14
Stanford Cardinal (21-11) at UCLA Bruins (24-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The UCLA Bruins and the Stanford Cardinal face off on Friday in Las Vegas in a Pac-12 Tournament Semifinal game.
The UCLA Bruins have had their share of highs and lows this season but on Thursday they were able to break open a tight game and knock off Oregon to advance to this game. UCLA is 13-6 against Pac-12 teams and 3-1 in neutral site games. Jordan Adams leads the Bruins averaging 16.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 14.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, Norman Powell is averaging 10.8 points, and Zach LaVine is averaging 10.6 points. UCLA is averaging 82 points and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. UCLA is hoping to improve their seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
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The Stanford Cardinal are on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournament and with two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament thus far they have improved their chances. Stanford is 12-8 in the Pac-12 and 3-2 in neutral site games. Chasson Randle is averaging 19 points per game to lead the Cardinal. Dwight Powell is averaging 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds, Anthony Brown is averaging 13 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Josh Huestis is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Stanford is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. A win here and Stanford should punch their ticket to the Big Dance if they haven’t done so already.
UCLA is 10-22 against the spread in their last 32 neutral site games and 7-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600. Stanford is 3-1-1 against the spread following a win, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games, and 10-4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. UCLA has covered the point spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two.
UCLA has had chances to stand up all season and haven't and I don't see them doing it here either.
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