Last Updated: 2019-03-14
The Pac-12 Conference Tournament meeting between the Arizona State Sun Devils (21-9, 12-6 Pac-12) and the UCLA Bruins (17-15, 10-9 Pac-12) will be played at T-Mobile Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 14, 2019, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Preview
In the Bruins’ last matchup, they defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 79-72. Jaylen Hands was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 7-for-18 shooting. The Bruins had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.361 (above their season average of 0.239) and held the Cardinal to an effective field goal percentage of 0.401 (below their season average of 0.516).
The Sun Devils come in on a high note after beating the Arizona Wildcats in their last contest, 72-64. With 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting, Remy Martin was the game’s leading scorer. Arizona State played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.6 (below their season average of 32.9) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.539 (above their season average of 0.507). Arizona was 12.1 and 0.469, respectively, for those same stats.
There should be plenty of transition offense in this showdown that showcases a pair of the nation’s more fast-breaking teams. Arizona State ranks 45th in possessions per game (72.4) and UCLA is 20th (74.0).
UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Arizona State, ATS Winner – Arizona State, O/U – Under
The Sun Devils rank 124th in steals per game (6.3) while the Bruins rank 187th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
UCLA averages 4.1 blocks per game, which is ranked 52nd in the nation. Arizona State ranks 109th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Arizona State averages 40.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 11th in the country. UCLA ranks 228th in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
The Sun Devils average 13.7 assists per game, which ranks 125th in the NCAA. The Bruins rank 277th in assists allowed per game (17.0).
Arizona State ranks 192nd in three pointers attempted per game (21.5) while UCLA ranks 301st in three pointers allowed per game (27.5).
The Sun Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 4.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bruins have scored an average of 82.2 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 85.6 points per game (8.0 above their season average).
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