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Cincinnati vs. UCLA - 12/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCLA Bruins (7-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -7 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The UCLA Bruins and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in college basketball action from the Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday night.

The UCLA Bruins come into this game looking to bounce back after a 74-72 loss to Belmont in their last outing. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting while Jaylen Hands added 12 points with 8 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists. Prince Ali and Cody Riley each chipped in 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Bruins in the losing effort. Moses Brown added 6 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 blocks as well in the defeat. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with 17.4 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in assists with 6.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 80.6 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 61.1% from the foul line this season.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be looking to rebound as well after a 70-59 loss to Mississippi State in their last outing. Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats with 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes while Keith Williams added 15 points as the only other Bearcat to score in double figures in the loss. Nysier Brooks chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds while Justin Jenifer scored just 2 points but added a team-high 4 assists. Cumberland leads Cincinnati in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Jenifer leads the Bearcats with 4.3 assists per game and Tre Scott leads the Bearcats on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cincinnati is averaging 72 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the 3-point line and 70.9% from the foul line this season. The Bearcats are also stout defensively, allowing just 57.6 points per game, the 6th-fewest per game in D-I this season.

UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games. Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Pac-12.

You could definitely make a case for UCLA and the points here, as the Bruins are the better team offensively in this matchup. However, Cincinnati’s defense has the ability to cancel that advantage out, and going on the road to not only deal with the Bearcats’ defense, but their home court in your first true road game of the year isn’t exactly an enviable task, so I’ll lay the points with Cincinnati here.

Pick:
Cincinnati -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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