UCLA Bruins vs. UC Riverside Highlanders - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (2-3) at UCLA Bruins (7-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We’ve got an interesting college basketball matchup coming on Wednesday from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, as the UC Riverside Highlanders visit the UCLA Bruins.
The Bruins are cruising into this one with a perfect 7-0 record on the year so far. UCLA has snagged wins over Pacific, Cal State Northridge, San Diego, Long Beach State, Portland, Nebraska and Texas A&M so far this season.
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The Bruins have a deep and capable roster, with a half-dozen players averaging in double-figures. TJ Leaf (17.1 PPG; 8.9 RPG), Bryce Alford (17.0 PPG), Isaac Hamilton (16.7 PPG), Lonzo Ball (16.0 PPG) Aaron Holiday (12.1 PPG) and Thomas Welsh (10.6 PPG; 9.4 RPG) have all been playing quite well for UCLA.
Over on the UC Riverside front, they’re entering play here with a 1-3 record on the year. The Highlanders lost 71-55 to Portland in their opener, then dropped another one to UNLV 74-62 before getting their first win of the year 96-50 over Fresno Pacific. UC Riverside lost their most recent appearance 85-67 against Utah.
Dikymbe Martin, Malik Thames and Chance Murray are the key players for the Highlanders so far this year. Martin leads UC Riverside with 12.5 PPG, while Thames is sitting on 12.3 PPG with 4.7 RPG and Murray has 12.0 PPG. Alex Larsson leads the Highlanders in rebounding on 7.5 RPG and 9.0 PPG.
UC Riverside is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games, and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss. UC Riverside is also 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and the under is 7-1-1 in the Highlanders’ last nine games following an ATS win.
Meanwhile, UCLA is 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win. UCLA is also 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
There’s very little here that makes me think UC Riverside will get anywhere close in this game. UCLA’s lineup is deep, talented and tough, and should make quick work of the Highlanders, who are clearly overmatched here. I’ll take the Bruins in a complete and utter blowout.