North Carolina vs. UCLA - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (8-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins square off Saturday at the Barclays Center.
The North Carolina Tar Heels hope to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 84.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Marcus Paige is averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 assists while Brice Johnson is averaging 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. Justin Jackson is dishing 3.5 assists and Kennedy Meeks is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. North Carolina is allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 10 of their last 12 neutral games.
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The UCLA Bruins look for their third win over a ranked team this season. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 80.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Bryce Alford is averaging 16.9 points and 5.4 assists while Tony Parker is averaging 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. Aaron Holiday is dishing 4.2 assists and Thomas Welsh is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. UCLA is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The UCLA Bruins have split their last eight neutral games.
The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
UCLA can shoot the lights out of the gym and even with Paige back, the Tar Heels haven't exactly been playing great basketball consdiering they lost to an average Texas team at home. On a neutral site, I like the Bruins and the points, as I see UCLA putting up a strong fight just like its Kentucky game.