UCLA Bruins vs. Cal State-Northridge Matadors - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cal State-Northridge Matadors (1-0) at UCLA Bruins (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -19 -- Over/Under: 164 See the Latest Odds
The Cal State Northridge Matadors head to Pauley Pavilion to take on the UCLA Bruins on Sunday night.
The CS-Northridge Matadors kicked off their season with a 96-72 victory over D-III Pomona-Pitzer. Pretty much everyone on the Matador roster except the waterboy saw the floor in the win, as only 2 of 14 Matadors were held without a point on Friday, including 4 different players who registered double digits in the scoring column. Leading the way was guard Darin Johnson, who put up 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting including 4 of 5 makes from downtown. Kendall Smith also made 4 of 5 from 3-point range, finishing with 17 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. As a team after their first game, Northridge is shooting over 53% from the field, including 47% from 3-point range while shooting 62.5% from the free throw line. Numbers like those are great but going from a D-III opponent to one of the Pac-12’s elite is a completely different animal.
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The UCLA Bruins got their 2016-17 season off to a strong start with a 119-80 dismantling of the Pacific Tigers. 6 different Bruins saw at least 24 minutes of floor time in the win, with 5 of them recording double-digit point totals. The performance was highlighted by senior guard Bryce Alford who connected on 9 of 13 shots from the floor, including 6 makes on 9 3-point attempts and 6 for 7 from the charity stripe. T.J. Leaf got his freshman season started with a bang after logging a double-double in his first career game as a Bruin, putting up 22 points on 9 for 13 of his own, including 2 makes from 3-point land to go along with 15 rebounds. It was a bright day for UCLA freshmen as guard Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double, putting up 19 points on 6 of 8 from the floor with 3 makes from long range to go along with 11 assists and 8 rebounds. UCLA is shooting a whopping 61% from the floor, including 60% from beyond the 3-point line and just under 71% from the free throw line after their first game.
CS-Northridge is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Pac-12 while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 Sunday games. UCLA is 8-18 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 home games.
Getting wins to start your season is nice, but the leap in competition over 2 days will be the Matadors undoing here. UCLA is lightyears ahead of the Matadors and should have no trouble locking up a win here, considering the Bruins shelled Northridge last year by 32 points last season and have only gotten better since then.