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UCLA vs. Arizona - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona at UCLA
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pauley Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
The Line
UCLA Bruins -1.5 O/U: 146
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Arizona Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins will meet up in college basketball action on Saturday night.

Arizona heads into this matchup at 14-6 on the year. The Wildcats are just 1-2 over their last three games however, with a win over Oregon State sandwiched between losses to Oregon and USC.

In the loss to the Trojans, Arizona’s Brandon Randolph and Ira Lee each led the team in scoring (and were the only Wildcats in double-digits) with 12 points alongside a combined 12 rebounds and one assist.

Over on the UCLA side, they’re 10-9 this season. Following a three-game win streak, the Bruins have now lost their last three games, thanks to Oregon State, USC and Arizona State.

In the loss to the Sun Devils, UCLA was led in scoring by Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands, who each had 15 points and put together a combined nine rebounds and seven assists as the only Bruins in double-digits aside from Cody Riley’s 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six after an ATS loss and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games. Arizona is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus the Pac-12 and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games.

Meanwhile, the Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven following an ATS loss. UCLA is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 versus a team with a winning straight-up record.

Arizona simply didn’t look good against a USC team they should have at least been competitive with. The Wildcats could only come up with 19 points in the first half (compared to 36 for the Trojans) and really never got close.

Normally I’d cite the scoring duds in recent games and stay off the Wildcats, but UCLA has put up a couple relative stinkers lately too. That said, I’m still tentatively taking the Bruins here on the assumption that they’ll be able to put together a good offensive effort at home. UCLA is pretty cold right now in a lot of ATS facets however, so keep that in mind.

Pick:
UCLA Bruins -1.5

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