Oklahoma Sooners vs. UCLA Bruins - 11/26/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (4-0) at Oklahoma Sooners (2-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners and UCLA Bruins will travel to the Bahamas to face off in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament this Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma Sooners recovered from a tough 65-63 loss at Creighton last Wednesday to beat the Northwestern State Demons 90-68 this past Sunday. Oklahoma started off the season ranked 18th in the country however, after blowing an 18 point lead in the second-half against Creighton, they fell out of the rankings this week. The Sooners reigned their shooting touch in their recent victory as they shot 50.0% from the field and 47.6% from long-range. Leading the Sooners was Isaiah Cousins who ended up with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Head Coach Lon Kruger will be depending on his junior leaders Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler to help lead the Sooners back into the NCAA tournament. On the season, Buddy Hield is averaging 20.7 points on 44.0% shooting (55.0 3P%) and grabbing 7.0 rpg while Ryan Spangler is averaging a double-double with 11.7 points and 10.3 reb per game. Oklahoma knows how to get it done on the offensive end as although their FG% is a bit lower than expected due to an off night at Creighton, the Sooners still rank in the top-100 in Points Per Game (77.0; ranked 82nd), Rebounds Per Game (47.3; ranked 9th), and Assists Per Game (15.3; ranked 84th).
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The UCLA Bruins have kicked off the season a perfect 4-0 with a recent 77-63 victory versus the Long Beach State 49ers. Head Coach Steve Alford certainly has the Bruins offensive flowing as currently in the young season they are averaging a whopping 95.3 ppg which is currently ranked 4th in the country. With 4 decisive home victories, the Bruins have jumped in to the rankings at the 22nd position this week. Leading the Bruins in their recent victory against the 49ers was senior guard Norman Powell who had 24 points, 6 reb and 6 ast and Kevon Looney who ended with a double-double collecting 10 points and 11 reb. Coach Alford certainly has a lot of offensive fire power as his disposal as along with Powell and Looney, Bryce Alford is averaging nearly a double-double per game with 20.0 ppg and 9.8 ast and forward Tony Parker is averaging 13.0 ppg and 7.3 apg. UCLA lost a ton of talent in Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, and Zach LaVine from last year’s team and was only projected to be in the middle of the pack of the Pac-12 standings. However, if the Bruins can continue to get it done on the offensive end, as they currently ranked in the top-50 of most of the major offensive categories, they have the opportunity to make a bit more noise than expected throughout the season and earn a trip back to the NCAA Tournament in March.
The Sooners are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Bruins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Both Oklahoma and UCLA are two high-powered offensives which should lead to a fast-paced game with lots of scoring. UCLA has gotten off to as good as a start as they could have imaged, however, they haven’t played anyone with the talent that Oklahoma has and we’ve yet to see them play outside of their home arena. I like Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler to lead the Sooners to victory and cover the small spread.