UCLA vs. Gonzaga - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-1) at UCLA Bruins (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins +4 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and the Gonzaga Bulldogs face off on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion in college basketball action.
The UCLA Bruins are 8-2 this season but they haven’t gotten it done when they have been called to step I up against tougher competition. UCLA is 7-0 at home but they are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 0-2 against teams with a RPI worse than 50. UCLA is averaging 81.5 points and they are shooting 46.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.4 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Norman Powell is the Bruins leading scorer averaging 17.7 points per game. Bryce Alford is averaging 17.5 points and 7.1 assists per game, Kevon Looney is averaging 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, Tony Parker is averaging 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Isaac Hamilton is averaging 11.0 points. UCLA has a deep roster and plenty of talent but they are still looking to pass the big test.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 9-1 this season and they are ranked ninth in the nation. Gonzaga is 0-1 in road games and 3-0 in neutral site games with their lone loss coming at Arizona in a tight one. Gonzaga is averaging 84.4 points and they are shooting 52.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.2 points and their opponents are shooting 38.5 percent. Kyle WIltjer is averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead the Zags. Byron Wesley is averaging 12.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, Domantas Sabonis is averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, Kevin Pangos is averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 assists, and Przemek Kamowski is averaging 10 points and 7.1 rebounds. Gonzaga is looking to raise their numbers as wins over big conference teams will help their seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 0-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Gonzaga is 6-2-1 against the spread following a win, 2-7-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 7-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
With the total at 145 I still have this one comfortably over and that is my free pick. My pick against the spread in going to go in the Premium Area as well as the App.