Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14
UCLA Bruins (13-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (14-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Coors Events Center)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins face off on Thursday in a college basketball battle of Pac-12 heavyweights.
The Colorado Buffaloes are ranked 21st in the nation but they are coming off of their first Pac-12 loss of the season. CU is 11-0 at home with two of their three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 25. Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 14.7 points per game to lead the Buffaloes but he is ou for this one. Josh Scott is averaging 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds, Askia Booker is averaging 13.1 points, and Xavier Johnson is averaging 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Colorado is averaging 76.2 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Colorado is tied for third in the Pac-12 standings.
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The UCLA Bruins are 2-1 in Pac-12 play but have yet to beat a team ranked in the top 25. UCLA has played the 34th ranked schedule going 2-2 away from home. Jordan Adams is averaging 18.1 points and 5.5 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Kyle Anderson is averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, Zach LaVine is averaging 12.6 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 10.7 points. UCLA is averaging 86.3 points and they are shooting 51.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents shoot 41.8 percent. UCLA has played the 64th ranked schedule in the nation.
Colorado is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-5-1 against the spread against the Pac-12. UCLA is 5-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven road games after three or more home games.
UCLA hasn’t gotten it done against ranked teams and even with Dinwiddie out my play is on Colorado.
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