Arizona State Sun Devils (20-9) vs. UCLA Bruins (25-4)
March 2, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: UCLA Bruins -13 / Arizona State Sun Devils +13 ; Over/Under: 134
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The Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins meet Thursday in college basketball action from Pauley Pavilion. Arizona State is currently 20-9 on the year so far. The Sun Devils beat Arizona in their last game. As for UCLA, they’re sitting at 25-4 overall following a win over Colorado on Sunday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State managed to go 15-7 across the first 22 games of the season. The Sun Devils are 5-2 in their last seven outings, taking wins over Oregon State, Stanford, California, Utah and Arizona alongside losses to Oregon and California otherwise.
In the Arizona matchup back on Saturday, Arizona State posted a 46-45 edge by the break. The Sun Devils kept a 43-43 pace from there and eked out the upset win 89-88. Desmond Cambridge led the team on 19 points with four rebounds.
Over on the UCLA side, they were 18-4 over their first 22 games this year. Since then the Bruins have taken wins over Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, California, Utah and Colorado in succession.
Matched up against Colorado on Sunday, the Bruins were trailing 30-28 in the locker room. UCLA got better on a 32-26 second-half run and won it 60-56. Jaime Jaquez topped the team with his 17 points and five rebounds.
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I’ll stick with UCLA here. The Bruins are on a nice eight-game win streak right now, holding opponents to 64 or fewer points in seven of those outings. When these teams last met back on January 19 at ASU Wells Fargo Arena, UCLA carved out a 74-62 comeback victory after falling behind 35-30 at halftime. The Bruins surged on a 44-27 run the rest of the way. Arizona State has won four of their last five games and they’re coming off an epic road victory over Arizona. That said, I don’t think lightning will strike twice in a row here. The Bruins should be in full control if they play well. Should be a great game regardless, though.