UCLA vs. Pacific - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (8-20) at UCLA Bruins (15-17)
College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins the Pacific Tigers face off on Friday as both teams begin their 2016-2017 college basketball seasons.
The UCLA Bruins are hoping for a big year and if doesn’t go that way it is probably the end for coach Steve Alford who many felt should have been removed after last year’s losing record. Alford has put his UCLA existence in the hands of All-World freshman point guard Lonzo Ball who was one of the top recruits in the country. Ball averaged a triple-double last season and his team was number 1 ranked in the nation averaging better nearly 100 points per game. UCLA also returns Isaac Hamilton who averaged 16.8 points per game last season and with Ball Bryce Alford likely moves to the shooting guard spot and he brings his 16.1 points per game with him. With this probably being one and done for ball and with Alford’s seat growing increasingly hot anything short of the NCAA Tournament will be considered a failure.
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The Pacific Tigers start the season with a new Head Coach as Damon Stoudamire was an offseason hire. Stoudamire had success as a player at the collegiate level both at Pacific and after he transferred to Arizona and Pacific is hoping he has success coaching at this level as well. Pacific returns a ton from last year’s team including 11 of their top 13 scorers. Ray Bowles is the top returning scorer for the Tigers with 11.1 points per game and T.J. Wallace averaged 10.8 points per game. Pacific looked great in their exhibition game against Bristol and David Taylor scored 19 points and Jacob Lampkin has 15 points. Pacific is a program that has experienced plenty of success in the past and they are hoping this team is headed in the same direction.
UCLA is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 home games, and 3-8 against the spread against the West Coast Conference. Pacific is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games and 2-9-1 against the spread against the Pac-12.
This is a ton of points and while I am optimistic UCLA will be improved, I don’t see them covering this big number.