Expect a high-scoring game when the UCLA Bruins (16-7, 7-4 Pac-12), 9-point underdogs, challenge the 13th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Pac-12) at McKale Memorial Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 158 points and it can be seen on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds
In their last game, the Wildcats lost a tough one against the Washington Huskies, 78-75, while the Bruins won a close one over the USC Trojans, 82-79.
The Bruins knocked down 12 of their 17 free throws (70.6 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.614 (above their season average of 0.537). Arizona, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.5 (above their season average of 31.3). Deandre Ayton had a good performance for Arizona with 19 points and 12 rebounds. UCLA, meanwhile, was lifted by Aaron Holiday, who put up 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
This matchup figures to be a high-scoring affair as a pair of the NCAA’s best offenses clash. Arizona ranks eighth with 119.0 points per 100 possessions and UCLA is 39th (113.5). The Bruins should have an advantage in terms of ball protection. They rank 49th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.7 percent), while the Wildcats force the 83rd-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.5 percent).
Of the Bruins’ 22 games with betting action, 13 have finished over the O/U total. UCLA holds records of 16-7 straight up (SU) and 11-12 against the spread (ATS).
Games featuring the Wildcats also have a tendency to go over the O/U total (58.3 percent). Arizona is 19-5 SU, but they are just 8-15-1 ATS.
Dusan Ristic has taken his game to another level as of late for Arizona, averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds over the last five games.
The Wildcats edged out the Bruins in this series last year, winning two out of three games. In the last matchup, Arizona won 86-75. Arizona out-rebounded UCLA. The Wildcats had more offensive rebounds (12 vs. seven), defensive rebounds (26 vs. 25) and total rebounds (38 vs. 32). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats ATS Pick
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Over
Arizona ranks 53rd in three pointers allowed per game (19.7) while UCLA ranks 262nd (25.0).
The Bruins rank sixth in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while the Wildcats rank 70th (3.0).
The Wildcats rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (29.4) while the Bruins rank 210th (36.4).
Arizona averages 16.1 assists per game, which ranks 44th in the NCAA. UCLA ranks 179th in assists allowed per game (14.2).
UCLA is 4-5 ATS on the road, while Arizona is 3-8-1 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 7 of the Wildcats’ 12 home games, while 6 of the Bruins’ 9 road games have gone over.
The Bruins are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Wildcats are 1-4.
In their last five games, UCLA has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Arizona has 4 overs and 1 under.
The Bruins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 80.4 points per game (1.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.0 points per game (1.3 above their season average).