UCLA vs. UC Riverside - 12/10/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (5-3) at UCLA Bruins (7-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins and the UC Riverside Highlanders face off on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion in college basketball action.
The UCLA Bruins are 7-2 this season and they have won their last three games. UCLA is averaging 82 points per game and they are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent from the floor. Bryce Alford leads the Bruins averaging 17.7 points and 7.0 assists per game. Norman Powell is averaging 17.4 points, Kevon Looney is averaging 14.1 points and 11.0 rebounds, and Tony Parker is averaging 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. UCLA faces a brutal up coming schedule facing Gonzaga, Kentucky, Alabama, and then opening their Pac-12 schedule with Colorado.
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The UC Riverside Highlanders are 5-3 this season and they have own their last three games. UCRV is averaging 66 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor. Taylor Johns is averaging 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds to lead the Highlanders. Jaylen Bland is averaging 14.6 points, Nick Gruninger is averaging 9.0 points, and Steven Thornton is averaging 7.0 points. UC Riverside is 1-2 on the road so far this year.
UCLA is 5-0 against the spread against the Big West, 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 home games, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. UC Riverside is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 3-1-2 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, and 2-6-1 against the spread following a win by 20 points or more.
I can forgive UCLA for the cupcake here because it is going to be a tough rest of the season starting next game and I look for the Bruins to get everyone some experience and cover as well.