UCLA Bruins vs. Portland Pilots - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (3-0) at UCLA Bruins (4-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots look to do the unthinkable as they go for the upset against the 13th-rankes UCLA Bruins as part of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy tournament.
The Portland Pilots won their 3rd straight game to start the season with a 98-52 win over D-III Lewis & Clark. Portland had an astounding total of 6 players who logged double figures in the win, as Ray Barreno led the charge with his first double-double of the season, posting a team high 14 points on 4 of 8 from the field and 6 of 8 from the foul line to go along with 15 rebounds in the win. Three other Pilots followed suit by putting up 13 points as Gabe Taylor made 4 of 8 with a 3-pointer and 4 for 4 from the line, Alec Wintering made 6 of 9 from the field and Rashad Jackson made 5 of 9 with a 3-pointer of his own and 2 of 3 made from the charity stripe. D’Marques Tyson put up 11 points on 5 of 8 with a 3-pointer while Jazz Johnson rounded out the group with 10 points on 4 of 6 from the floor including a pair of makes from downtown. Philipp Hartwich may not have scored in double figures, but he did put up 12 rebounds to go along with his 6 points on the night. As a team, Portland is scoring 82.7 points per game on 51.9% from the field, the 21st-best mark in the nation, 40.4% from downtown and the 5th-highest free throw percentage in the country with an 82.2% clip from the foul line.
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The 13th-ranked UCLA Bruins improved to 4-0 to start the year by destroying Long Beach State by a final score of 114-77. The win marked the 3rd time in 4 games this season where UCLA eclipsed the century mark on the scoreboard. UCLA, like Portland, also had 6 players put up double digit point totals in the win, with T.J. Leaf leading the pack after putting up 21 points on 8 of 12 from the field, including a 3-pointer and 4 of 5 makes from the free throw line to go along with his 9 assists. While Leaf fell one assist shy of a double-double, Lonzo Bell got his with 20 points on 8 of 11 from the floor, including a pair of 3s and a pair of free throws to go along with 11 rebounds in the game. Isaac Hamilton was next with 18 points on 7 of 13 with 4 of 6 from downtown, while Aaron Holiday registered 16 points on 7 of 10 with a pair of free throws. Bryce Alford’s 15 points on 5 makes from behind the arc and Thomas Welsh who made 6 of 9 for 12 points to go along with 7 boards made up the majority of the scoring for the Bruins in the win. As a team, UCLA is in the top-20 of most of the major offensive stat categories, including top-10 in 3 of them. The Bruins have the nation’s highest scoring offense with 105.8 points per game, the 2nd-best field goal percentage with 57.1% and the 8th-best 3-point percentage with 45.5%. They also sit 18th in the country, making 80.2% of their trips to the charity stripe count.
Portland is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. the Pac-12 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. UCLA is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 vs. the WCC while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall.
Portland actually manhandled the Bruins the last time these team met back in 2009, however that was then and this is now. Destroying a D-III team won’t do you any favors when you have to face the highest scoring offense in the country in your next game. Granted UCLA has struggled on neutral floors in recent memory, but Portland has struggled against the Pac-12 as a whole. With the way UCLA’s offense is firing on all cylinders right now, the Bruins have to be the pick here.
Lay the points with UCLA.