Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/22/14
UCLA Bruins (21-5) at Stanford Cardinal (17-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday at Maples Pavilion in a Pac-12 college basketball battle.
The Stanford Cardinal have won four of their last five games and are tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 standings. Stanford is 8-5 in the Pac-12, 10-3 at home this season, and they are 1-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Chasson Randle leads the Cardinal and he is averaging 18.5 points per game. Dwight Powell is averaging 15 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, Anthony Brown is averaging 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Josh Huestis is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Stanford is averaging 75.4 points and they are shooting 46.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Stanford is hoping with a strong finish to the season they can sew up a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
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The UCLA Bruins have won their last four games and seven of their last eight as they have some solid positive momentum going heading into the final weeks of the season. UCLA is 6-4 away from home, 10-3 in the Pac-12, and they are ranked 23rd in the nation. Jordan Adams is averaging 17.5 points and 5.7 rebounds Kyle Anderson is averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, Norman Powell is averaging 1.1 points, and Zach LaVine is averaging 10.4 points. UCLA is averaging 83.2 points and they are shooting 49.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. UCLA is looking to improve their seeding for March Madness.
Stanford is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, and 5-2 against the spread following a win. UCLA is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread. UCLA has covered the point spread in the last seven meetings of these two.
UCLA was able to get the road win last time out but I look for Stanford to get the best of this one as a mild home dog.
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