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(12-9) Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins (12-10)
Date: Wednesday February 6
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pauley Pavillion, Los Angeles, California
NCAAB Moneyline Odds: OFF
NCAAB Betting Odds: UCLA -6
NCAAB Betting Total: 149.5
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Two Pac-12 squads that have struggled mightily most recently will square off amongst one another on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard time as the UCLA Bruins will play host to the Colorado Buffaloes at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.
After beginning their Pac-12 schedule at 3-0, the Bruins have certainly fallen on hard times as they are losers of four of their last six conference games, overall, as they were not able to hold on to the momentum of a two-game winning streak in falling into the defensive-minded Washington Huskies in their last outing.
Aside from being allowed to shoot 42% from the floor while connecting on only four of 16 attempts from three-point range, the Bruins also committed a whopping 22 turnovers on the night as the team suffered their lowest offensive output in their last 10 outings.
On the other hand, Colorado has also struggled throughout the season as well as lately as they entered their last matchup with the Oregon Ducks losers of four of their last five games. Nonetheless,43% shooting along with connecting on 28 – 24 free throws on the night was all that was needed for the Buffaloes to get a win as a defense held the Ducks to just 31% shooting, as a team, in defeat.
Recently, the UCLA Bruins were able to erect themselves from a three-game losing streak in picking up victories over the Arizona Wildcats as well as the Washington State Cougars. In these two outings, the Bruins offense seemingly awakened from its funk in averaging 88 points during this time.
Nonetheless, versus a defensive-minded Washington Huskies squad, UCLA was only able to shoot 31% from the floor while posting just 55 points on the night as leading scorer on the season in Kris Wilkes struggled in going 8-19 from the floor while leading the team with 20 points.
Also, Prince Ali was the only other double-digit scorer for UCLA with 12 points as he also pulled down five rebounds in defeat.
On the other hand, Washington shot just 42% from the floor while connecting on 11 three-pointers as David Crisp along with Jalen Nowell led the team with 15 points each against a UCLA Bruins squad that lost its third road game in four outings.
With the defeat, UCLA found itself in the middle of the pack within the win the Pac-12 and desperately in need of a win. Fortunately, they have played much better at home recently in winning three of their last four, overall. Also, the Bruins have scored 90 points or more in In three of these outings while holding their opponents to just 74 points per outing during this time.
In all, the Bruins may indeed find success versus the Colorado Buffaloes in this matchup as the visitors have dropped four of their last five road games recently to where their offense has failed to reach the 70-point mark in each of these outings. However, Colorado has indeed had success versus UCLA in their most recent meeting in February of 2018 as they were able to pick up a slim, four-point victory.
In all, one should certainly look for the Bruins two push the pace early in this contest in which to kick-start their offense versus the Buffaloes.
In other words, they will not only need to Chris Wilkes to step up as it relates to offensive production, but, the Bruins will also enlist the help of Jaylen Hands Along with Prince Ali, who have each struggled recently during their current rough patch for the Bruins.
And while Colorado was able to halt a rough patch of play in their last outing versus Oregon with a much-needed victory, the fact remains that Colorado continues to struggle, particularly on the offensive end where they are averaging just 75 points per game on 45% shooting from the floor. In fact, entering their matchup with Oregon, the Buffaloes failed to reach the 70-point mark in three of their four games prior.
Nonetheless,Tyler Bey was able to step up in posting 27 points on the night while going 9-11 from the free throw line in which to leave the Colorado offensive attack.
On the other hand, leading scorer on the season in McKinley Wright IV ended the game with 9 points along with six rebounds as he has only scored in double-digits in two of the last five outings for Colorado.
Of course, his decreasing offensive production has certainly hurt the team during a pivotal stretch as the Buffaloes find themselves with a record of 3-7 in the Pac-12 and desperately in need of a victory in which to build confidence moving forward.
Defensively, the Colorado Buffaloes have been relatively solid throughout the season as they are allowing under 70 points per game on just 43% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis to opponents.
In their last outing versus the Ducks, Oregon was allowed just 31% shooting while making good on just four of 25 three-point attempts on the night as Louis King along with Payton Pritchard led the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Of course, the Buffaloes have fared much better on their home court recently as well as throughout the season; However,they will now take to the road in which to face a Bruins team that will be looking to get back on the winning track after being destroyed by the Washington Huskies.
Also, after their matchup with UCLA, the Buffaloes will remain on the road to face a red-hot USC Trojans squad immediately after.
In all, the Buffaloes certainly need a bit of extra offense from McKinley IV along with Bey if they are to remain competitive in each of these matchups.
Colorado will certainly need their defense to remain solid as UCLA has proven to be a dangerously streaky team since entering conference play.
NCAAB Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in COLO last 8 road games
- Under is 12-3 in COLO last 15 overall
- COLO are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 road games
- UCLA are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Wed. games
- Under is 9-4 in UCLA last 13 home games.
Free Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins NCAAB Prediction:
Look for Colorado to lead with their defense in this matchup with the UCLA Bruins on Wednesday night as they will look to limit quality looks at the basket, first and foremost, for the home team.
Nonetheless, the Bruins have not allowed 70 points to their opponents in the last three outings as they continue to hold teams to just 40% shooting on a nightly basis this season.
With that being the case, look for a struggling offense for the Buffaloes to struggle yet again in this contest as UCLA will utilize their defense to frustrate an already inconsistent offense while the home team will capitalized from dismal shooting from the visitors in which to obtain easy buckets in transition.
In all, look for the Bruins to pick up a convincing win over the struggling Buffaloes in this contest on Wednesday night by a score of 85 – 71.
4* Free NCAAB Betting Pick: Bruins -6
With the way in which UCLA has played on the defensive end recently, look for Colorado to find its fair share of issues in attempting to put the ball in the bucket throughout this contest on Wednesday night.
Also, while Colorado’s defense can certainly make it hard for opponents to score as well, look for UCLA to consistently push the pace in this contest in which to catch the defense for the Buffaloes on its heels throughout.
In other words, the Bruins will indeed end this game with a victory on the strength of their defense, which has surely been a thorn in the side of their opponents lately.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Buffaloes 71 – Bruins 85
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