UAB vs. UCLA - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (21-13) at UAB Blazers (20-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: UCLA -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers and UCLA Bruins meet Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament.
The UAB Blazers are coming off a win over Iowa State and has won four straight. On the season, UAB is averaging 67.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Robert Brown is averaging 13.1 points and 3.1 assists while Chris Cokley is averaging eight points and 4.6 rebounds. Hakeem Baxter is grabbing three rebounds and Nick Norton is dishing 3.9 assists. The UAB Blazers have seven players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 74.1 percent from the line and 33.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UAB is allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The UCLA Bruins have won five of their last six and are coming off a win over SMU. On the season, UCLA is averaging 71.6 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Norman Powell is averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while Bryce Alford is averaging 15.1 points and five assists. Kevon Looney is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Isaac Hamilton is dishing 3.1 assists. The UCLA Bruins have five double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from deep. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
I'm not a fan of the UCLA Bruins, and we all know they're even lucky to be in this position after a horrible call in the SMU game. These teams played earlier in the season and while UCLA won, UAB is a lot better than it was in November. Look for the Blazers to control the glass and give themselves a shot to steal this one late.