Arizona vs. UCLA - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (20-10) at Arizona Wildcats (25-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Pac-12 semifinal action on Friday as the #4 seed UCLA Bruins square off against the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats in a college basketball matchup.
The UCLA Bruins were able to reach the semifinals thanks to an 88-77 win over Stanford in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Aaron Holiday led UCLA with 34 points on 12 of 25 shooting with 5 threes, 7 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists while Thomas Welsh added 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double as the only other Bruin to score in double figures in the win. Holiday leads UCLA in scoring with 20.5 points in addition to his team-high average in assists with 5.9 assists per game while Welsh leads the Bruins in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 12.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UCLA is scoring 82.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Arizona Wildcats punched their ticket to the semifinals with an 83-67 win over Colorado in their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday. Allonzo Trier led the Wildcats with 22 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a perfect 10 of 10 mark from the foul line. Dusan Ristic came 2nd with 16 points along with a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double while Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 14 points on 4 of 7 shooting with 3 triples, 3 steals and a team-high 4 assists. Rawle Atkins added 12 points and 4 steals while DeAndre Ayton chipped in 10 points with 3 blocks to round out the double digit scoring for the Wildcats in the win. Ayton leads Arizona with a double-double per game, putting up 19.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while Jackson-Cartwright leads the Wildcats in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Arizona is scoring 81.2 points per game while owning the 3rd-best field goal percentage in the country at 50.7%, 38.4% from behind the arc and 76.1% from the foul line this season.
UCLA is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Arizona is 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 14-2 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.
UCLA’s offense can be dangerous because of how quickly the team can rack up points. However, at times, backing the Bruins can also be dangerous as UCLA has a tendency to go through dry spells. Arizona is still out with a point to prove as this scandal is going on around them and I think has a big depth advantage on the boards, so I’ll lay the points with Arizona to move on to the conference championship game.