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Colorado vs. UCLA - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA Bruins (16-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (10-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm (Coors Events Center)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +7.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 See the Latest Odds


Over at Coors Events Center in Boulder on Thursday, the UCLA Bruins will be facing off against the Colorado Buffaloes in college basketball action. 

UCLA cruises into this one with a nice 16-1 record on the year. Since their lone loss on December 28 versus Oregon (89-87), the Bruins have beaten Oregon State, California and Stanford. 

Colorado vs. UCLA - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Bruins have a great stable of scorers at their disposal, starting with TJ Leaf (17.4 PPG; 9.1 RPG) and Bryce Alford (16.8 PPG). Also averaging in double-figures for UCLA are Lonzo Ball (14.7 PPG); 8.0 APG), Isaac Hamilton (14.1 PPG; 4.1 RPG) Aaron Holiday (13.1 PPG; 4.5 APG) and Thomas Welsh (10.6 PPG; 8.8 RPG; 13 games). 

Over on the Colorado side, they’re entering this game with a 10-6 record on the season. The Buffaloes were 10-3 back on December 22, but have lost three straight games to Utah, Arizona State and Arizona. 

Tops in scoring for Colorado this year is Derrick White, with 15.8 PPG and 4.1 APG. Also averaging in double-figures for the Buffaloes are Xavier Johnson (14.7 PPG; 5.6 RPG) and George King (10.4 PPG; 7.3 RPG). 

UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. UCLA is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven Thursday games, and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 versus the Pac-12. 

Meanwhile, Colorado is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games versus the Pac-12 and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games. Colorado is also 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall, and 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday games. 

This is the second of a three-game gauntlet of ranked teams that Colorado has to run through in an eight-day span. The Buffaloes lost to Arizona by nine, and UCLA is a substantially better team than the Wildcats. The Bruins have more than enough rebounding and ball movement to confound Colorado here, so even though the line is fairly thick I’ll take UCLA to cover.

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