UCLA Bruins vs. Utah Utes - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (16-3) at UCLA Bruins (11-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
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TV: ESPN 2
The Utah Utes and UCLA Bruins will face off at the Pauley Pavilion this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 11th ranked Utah Utes improved to 16-3 (6-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Washington Huskies 77-56 this past Sunday. Utah shot 53.8% from the field and 61.1% (11-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was Brandon Taylor who had 14 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Utah is ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and has played the 26th ranked SOS. On the season, the Utes have been led by Delon Wright (14.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.3 spg) and Jordan Loveridge (11.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Offensively, Utah is averaging 75.1 ppg (ranked 33rd) on 49.9% shooting (ranked 6th). The Utes are shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 5th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.3 (ranked 38th). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 56.5 ppg (ranked 12th) on 37.9% shooting (ranked 19th). The Utes are pulling down 26.42 defensive rpg (ranked 37th) and have a rebound margin of 6.1 (ranked 31st).
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The UCLA Bruins lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-9 (3-4 Pac-12) on the season after losing 82-64 to the Oregon Ducks this past Saturday. UCLA allowed Oregon to shoot 62.3% from the field and 69.2% (9-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bruins was Norman Powell who h ad 23 points and 4 rebounds. UCLA is ranked 75th in the RPI Standings and has played the 36th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bruins have been led by Bryce Alford (15.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.6 apg) and Norman Powell (15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 spg). Offensively, UCLA is averaging 72.0 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 251st). The Bruins are average 13.9 apg (ranked 96th) and 13.85 offensive rpg (ranked 18th). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to score an average of 70.1 ppg (ranked 273rd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 147th). The Bruins are allowing teams to shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 257th) and have a rebound margin of 4.7 (ranked 51st). Tony Parker is questionable with a back injury.
The Utes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 36-13-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Bruins are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
UCLA has really struggled as of late and although their offensive numbers look decent, they are a bit misleading as UCLA played some very weak competition in the beginning of the season. UCLA has played a lot better at home, however, they are 0-4 against teams ranked in the top-25 of the RPI. Utah beat UCLA 71-39 earlier this season in Utah, and although I don’t think they’ll win again by 30, I think they’ll win by enough to cover this spread. Take Utah to cover.