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Washington vs UCLA 1/1/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

UCLA Bruins (12-2) vs. Washington Huskies (9-5)
January 1, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Huskies +10.5 / UCLA Bruins -10.5; Over/Under: +139
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The UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies meet in college basketball action from the Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday.

The UCLA Bruins will look to build on a 67-66 win over Washington State last time out. Jaime Jaquez Jr. leads the Bruins in scoring with 17.2 PPG and 6.3 RPG while Jaylen Clark has 15.1 PPG with a team-high 6.6 RPG to lead the Bruins on the glass. Tyger Campbell has 13.5 PPG with a team-high 4.1 APG to lead UCLA in the assist department while David Singleton has 10.4 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for UCLA so far this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 79.4 PPG on 49.1% shooting from the field, 37% from three and 73.9% from the foul line this season.

The Washington Huskies will look to rebound from an 80-67 loss to USC last time out. Keion Brooks leads Washington in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 PPG and 6.6 RPG while Cole Bajema has 10.5 PPG with 4.7 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Washington so far this season. PJ Fuller II also has a team-high 3.2 APG to lead Washington in assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 70.2 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 32.4% from three and 76.5% from the foul line this season.

UCLA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Washington is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.

I get the case to be made for a home underdog, but Washington’s struggled even at home in their step up spots as they were just rung up in games against Auburn and USC at home. UCLA had a close call against Washington State, but they’ve beat up on Washington handily in the last couple of meetings and I think this game ends up being more of the same. Give me UCLA in a beatdown.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: UCLA -10.5

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