Alabama vs. UCLA - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (8-4) at Alabama Crimson Tide (8-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and Alabama Crimson Tide play Sunday afternoon at the Coleman Coliseum.
The UCLA Bruins are coming off two tough losses and play for the first time in eight days. On the season, UCLA is averaging 77.8 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Bryce Alford is averaging 17.6 points and 6.3 assists while Norman Powell is averaging 16.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kevon Looney is grabbing 10.8 rebounds and Isaac Hamilton is shooting 41.3 percent from the field. The UCLA Bruins are one of the top shooting teams in the country, which includes 65.6 percent from the free throw line and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. UCLA has five double-digit scorers and is also grabbing nearly 42 rebounds per game. Defensively, UCLA is forcing 13 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last seven games and would love a big win here. On the season, Alabama is averaging 73.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Levi Randolph is averaging 16.5 points and 3.1 assists while Ricky Tarrant is averaging 12.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Rodney Cooper is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Kessens is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are a solid offensive team with seven players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 75.8 percent from the free throw line and 31.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Alabama is forcing 13.5 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 34.3 percent from deep. Alabama is undefeated at home this season.
The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12 and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
UCLA is a much better team than what is showed against Kentucky and has had time to improve some things. While Alabama is a balanced and sleeper team in the SEC, the value is on the Bruins here. I'll take the road team and the points.