UCLA Bruins (16-7) at Arizona Wildcats (19-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -8 -- Over/Under:
The UCLA Bruins and Arizona Wildcats meet Thursday in college basketball action at the McKale Center.
The UCLA Bruins look for a statement victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The UCLA Bruins are averaging 82.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Aaron Holiday is averaging 19.2 points and 5.4 assists while Kris Wilkes is averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Thomas Welsh is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Hands is grabbing four rebounds. The UCLA Bruins are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The UCLA Bruins are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The UCLA Bruins have lost four of their last five road games.
The Arizona Wildcats look for a victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 82.2 points on 51.4 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Allonzo Trier is averaging 19.9 points and 3.2 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 19.7 points and 10.8 rebounds. Rawle Alkins is the third double-digit scorer and Dusan Ristic is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats haven’t lost a home game since February 25 or last year.
The Bruins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bruins are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Arizona, 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The UCLA Bruins are finding ways to win games and have a chance to add to their resume with what would be a big upset road victory. The problem is UCLA isn't the same team on the road as it is at home, allowing 86.4 points and 37.2 percent shooting from deep. The Arizona Wildcats are looking more and more like a national title contender and are outscoring teams by 17.4 points at home. With UCLA and its lack of defense, Arizona should have little trouble opening this game up in the second half.