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Ohio State vs. UCLA - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA Bruins (7-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: 142
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The UCLA Bruins and the Ohio State Buckeyes meet in college basketball action from the United Center on Saturday afternoon.

The UCLA Bruins will be looking to rebound after back-to-back losses after a 93-64 beatdown at the hands of Cincinnati in their last outing. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 21 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 5 threes while Moses Brown added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks and Cody Riley added 11 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for UCLA in the losing effort. Jaylen Hands scored just 3 points but dished out a team-high 12 assists as well for the Bruins in the defeat. Wilkes leads UCLA in scoring with an average of 17.7 points per game while Brown leads the Bruins on the glass with 9.4 rebounds per game and Hands leads UCLA in assists with 7.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 79.1 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 61.9% from the foul line this season.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking to add to their current 4-game winning streak following a 75-56 win over Youngstown State in their last outing. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 31 points on 10 of 14 shooting with an 11 of 13 mark from the foul line and a team-high 7 rebounds while C.J. Jackson and Luther Muhammad each added 11 points to finish off the scoring in double-digits for Ohio State in the win with Jackson adding a pair of threes along with a team-high 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the winning effort. Wesson leads the Buckeyes with an average of 16.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Jackson leads Ohio State in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 77.5 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

UCLA is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. Ohio State is 6-23 ATS in their last 29 neutral site games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Pac-12.

This game is on a neutral floor, but it’s right in the heart of Big Ten country, so you can expect the Buckeyes to have a strong presence at this game. With that said, the Bruins are coming off of the disappointing beatdown at the hands of Cincinnati to follow up the upset loss to Belmont. If this game was at UCLA, I could side with the Bruins here, but following up back-to-back losses with a neutral site game against a tough Ohio State team that can score and control the pace is a tall task and one that I’m not sure the Bruins are up for so I’ll lay the points with the Buckeyes here.

Ohio State -5.5

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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