UCLA Bruins Vs. Washington Huskies 2/7/13 Tyrone’s Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread
The 13-9, 5-4 Washington Huskies travel to Pauley Pavilion Thursday for a tussle with the 16-6, 6-3 UCLA Bruins whose last visit to UCLA was an embarrassment.
The Bruins were beaten 75-71 in overtime by 9-13, 4-5 Southern Cal. UCLA played like the underdog falling behind by as many as 15 points and never getting ahead by more than six. The Bruins led 21-15 midway through the first half before the Trojans utilized a 23-6 run to go by 11 two minutes before the break. USC led 52-37 with 13:25 left. UCLA came all the way with freshman guard Jordan Adams’ jumper with 32 seconds remaining.
Senior guard Larry Drew II’s three at the horn was off, but the Bruins were able to go ahead 69-67 during OT on Adams’ layup. Freshman wingman Shabazz Muhammad gave UCLA their final points of the game 1:54 later. It turned out to be the Bruins’ last lead as well. Muhammad had a game-high 22 points followed by sophomore forward Travis Wear’s 16. Adams added 13 for UCLA who was 2-of-19 from three and outrebounded 42-34.
UW led wire-to-wire over 17-5, 6-3 Arizona State, but that didn't mean the Huskies won easily staving off the Sun Devils 96-92. Washington led by as many as 15 points with 12:44 remaining. ASU came all the way back however to knot things up at 89 with 1:04 left.
The Huskies had an and-one and four junior guard C.J. Wilcox FTs to cap a home victory. UW got 20 points from freshman guard Andrew Andrews, 18 from sophomore forward Shawn Kemp Jr., 16 and 10 rebounds from senior center Aziz N'Diaye, 14 from senior guard Scott Suggs, and 10 each from sophomore forward Desmond Simmons and Wilcox.
The Huskies stopped a four-game losing streak, but return to the road where they're 4-3 not winning since in the Bay Area Jan. 12 65-60. Washington was swept by the Oregon schools by five and eight points. In fact all of the Huskies' away defeats have come by less than nine with 15-5, 5-3 Connecticut holding court 61-53 during the preseason.
The Bruins might be 11-3 at home, but have lost their last two times to Pauley. UCLA was beaten by No. 19 Oregon Jan. 19 before splitting with the Arizonas. In fact the Bruins have fallen during three of their last four games. Despite all of that UCLA comes in the hotter team than previously skidding UW.
The Bruins have had three wins at Pauley Pavilion come by less than 10 points including in conference just beating 14-8, 5-4 Stanford 68-60. UCLA's biggest victory during the Pac-12 slate was 79-65 against 13-8, 5-4 California two days prior to facing the Cardinal. The Bruins beat the Huskies last year at Pauley by six and will get the better of the Washington again Thursday, but getting eight points is hard to pass on.