UCLA vs. Long Beach State - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (1-3) at UCLA Bruins (3-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -16 -- Over/Under: 168.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins and the Long Beach State 49ers face off on Sunday as they close out the day’s college basketball action.
The UCLA Bruins are off to a 3-0 start and they look to be greatly improved over last season. UCLA is averaging 103 points per game and they are shooting 54.3 percent from the floor including 41.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 78.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Bryce Alford and T.J. Leaf are both averaging 20 points per game which leads the Bruins and Leaf is adding 10.3 rebounds per game. Isaac Hamilton is averaging 17 points and 5 assists for UCLA, Lonzo Ball is averaging 15 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game, and Aaron Holiday is averaging 14 points. The addition of Ball to the starting lineup has made a huge difference so far for the Bruins who are ranked 9th in the nation.
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The Long Beach State 49ers are off to a 1-3 start with their losses coming to Louisville, North Carolina, and Wichita State. LBSU is averaging 68.2 points per game and they are shooting 36.8 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 83 points and their opponents are shooting 45.8 percent. Gabe Levin leads the 49ers averaging 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Evan Payne is averaging 10.8 points for Long Beach State, Justin Bibbins is averaging 6.8 points, and Roschon Prince is averaging 5.5 points. As usual Long Beach State has scheduled big out of conference and it should pay dividends when they get to conference play.
UCLA is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 home games, 8-20 against the spread in their last 28 non-conference games, and 2-7 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Long Beach State is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games, 9-3-2 against the spread following a loss, and 7-23 against the spread against the Pac-12. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two teams.
Long Beach State hasn’t been able to hang with the big boys this year and the way UCLA is playing this number is a bargain.