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UCLA vs Colorado Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/9/23

Colorado Buffaloes (17-15) vs. UCLA Bruins (27-4)
March 9, 2023 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: UCLA Bruins -8.5 / Colorado Buffaloes +8.5; Over/Under: +132.5
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The Colorado Buffaloes and UCLA Bruins meet Thursday in the college basketball Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal at the T-Mobile Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Colorado Buffaloes are averaging 69.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Tristan da Silva is averaging 15.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, while KJ Simpson is averaging 15.9 points and 3.8 assists. J’Vonne Hadley is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Julian Hammond III is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Colorado Buffaloes are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Colorado Buffaloes are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.

The UCLA Bruins are averaging 74.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 60.1 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Jaime Jaquez Jr. is averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, while Jaylen Clark is averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tyger Campbell is the third double-digit scorer and David Singleton is dishing 1.2 assists. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game.

The Buffaloes are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bruins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Buffaloes last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bruins last 7 Thursday games.

The Colorado Buffaloes were competitive in two games against UCLA and are 4-1-1 ATS this season when an underdog of 5 or more points. These teams met last week and Colroaod took UCLA down to the wire while allowing just 41 percent shooting. UCLA should win, but this game has the potential to be close. Give me the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Colorado Buffaloes +8.5

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