UAB vs. UCLA - 11/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (4-2) at UAB Blazers (2-4)
College Basketball: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
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The UCLA Bruins and UAB Blazers play Friday night at the Imperial Arena.
The UCLA Bruins will try to avoid losing three straight games and putting themselves in a hole. On the season, UCLA is averaging 83.7 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 73.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Bryce Alford leads UCLA with 18.2 points and 7.3 assists while Norman Powell is averaging 18 points and five rebounds. Kevon Looney is shooting 47.5 percent from the field and Tony Parker has grabbed 14 rebounds in his last two games. The UCLA Bruins offense hasn’t been clicking in this tournament, scoring 65 or less points in their last two games. We know what UCLA is capable of offensively, as it has won nine straight regular season games when scoring 70 or more points. The shots will eventually start falling for the UCLA Bruins but until then, they’ll continue to struggle.
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The UAB Blazers have lost three of their last four games and could use a big win to help right the ship. On the season, UAB Is averaging 56.8 points on 37.9 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Robert Brown leads UAB with 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Tyler Madison is shooting 58.3 percent from the field. Nick Norton is racking up 5.2 assists per game and Tosin Mehinti is shooting 59.5 percent from the field. The UAB Blazers lack of offense and rebounding has hurt them so far this season. One of the top rebounding teams in the country last season, UAB is averaging just 34.3 boards per game and is shooting well below 30 percent from beyond the arc. With a lack of offensive weapons and size, it’s going to be a long season for UAB.
The Bruins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS loss. The Blazers are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
This should be the game where the UCLA Bruins break out of their funk and simply pour on the points. Give me UCLA in a double-digit victory.