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BYU Cougars vs UCLA Bruins | Free Pick (December 18)

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BYU 10-0 (3-4 ATS) vs UCLA 5-4 (3-6 ATS)
Saturday December 18 – 5:30PM
Recent history: UCLA 82 – BYU 69 (2006)

BYU is off to a perfect start this season with their win last Saturday their most impressive, a 22 point beatdown of the Arizona Wildcats.  Other than that the only other win of note is a victory over a Creighton team that is expected to challenge in the Missouri Valley.

Some of their early schedule were such mismatches that there wasn’t even a line on the game.  PG Jimmer Fredette is picking up where he left off last year.  He is leading the team in scoring at 23.7ppg even though his shooting has been off compared to his standards.  This is a good test for BYU.  UCLA is in a down cycle but they still have a few talented players and play well at home.

A win on the road against a name team will help their resume should they not emerge from a very competitive Mountain West Conference.

The Bruins started their season by beating some creampuff teams.  Then when the competition stiffened they stumbled losing to Villanova and Kansas (barely) with a close loss to a good VCU team in between.

But after those three they lost to Montana by 9 at Pauley Pavillion.  That is something that would have been unheard of just a few seasons ago.  Amazingly, in all of these losses the defense has abandoned them.  That is something coach Ben Howland always prided himself on but they let the Montana Grizzlies shoot 51%.

This team has a lot of growing up to do and might just have been beaten down by the ending of that Kansas game which they lost due to a questionable foul call.  Either way Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson will give the frontline of BYU all they can handle.  If they are both on it will make for a great game.  If…

BYU vs. UCLA Odds

BYU -6.5

Betting Trends:

Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-10.
Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Bruins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Bruins are 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. win.
Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
Over is 5-0 in Cougars last 5 vs. Pacific-10.

Free Cougars vs Bruins CBB Pick

It might be a few more seasons until you can side with UCLA and make some coin.  They are maddeningly inconsistent which make them hell on betters out there.  Go with BYU but there isn’t a lot of value there.

Score prediction:   BYU 77 – UCLA 69

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