UCLA Bruins Vs Arizona Wildcats: Game Info and Odds
For a few weeks, it looked as though the stunning upsets that we had seen earlier in the season had started to slow down, but the St. John’s Red Storm changed all that, beating Duke and Villanova in back to back games. What that means is that we are once again going to see changes in the rankings when the new ones are released next week. The teams further down the standings are going to have an opportunity to make an upwards move, which could end up helping them once the draw is made for the opening round of March Madness. That said, there is still basketball to be played, and given how things have gone this season, no ranked team is safe. The Arizona Wildcats are down in the #13 spot right now but can help their cause with a win over the UCLA Bruins on Thursday night for an NCAA Basketball matchup. A win here would also help Arizona cement their lead at the top of the PAC 12, while a Bruins win could make things a good deal tighter at the top than they already are. This is a game that could have a huge bearing on who wins the PAC 12 regular season title, so definitely a game worth watching and wagering on.
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UCLA Bruins Vs Arizona Wildcats: Game Info
What: UCLA Bruins vs (#9) Arizona Wildcats.
When: Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Time: 9:00 p.m. CT
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona.
NCAAB Odds: Arizona Wildcats -9.
Why bet on the UCLA Bruins
The last few weeks have been inconsistent at best for the Bruins, as they have been streaky over the last 6 games. They were recently able to break out of a 3-game losing skid by winning 3 in a row, although it should be noted that all 3 of those victories came on home court, while 2 of the games that they lost in their bad streak came on the road. UCLA still has an outside shot at winning the PAC 12, but need some help, as there are currently 3 teams ahead of them in the standings. They are 2 games back of the Arizona Wildcats on top, so a win here would help them close the gap and make things very interesting coming down the stretch. This is a team that is certainly capable of doing some damage on offense, as they are averaging about 83 PPG. UCLA comes into this game with an 11-2 ATS and 13-10 O/U record on the season.
Why bet on the Arizona Wildcats
The Wildcats are still among the betting odds favorites to make a deep run in the tournament, but they are going to need to try and pick themselves up from a loss to Washington in their last outing before they start thinking too far ahead. As far as the PAC-12 goes, Arizona is still on top, albeit with a slight 1-game lead, which puts them in control of their own destiny. A win over UCLA would likely put them too far ahead of the Bruins with time running out in the regular season and would make their path to a regular season conference crown a little clearer. Both of these teams have very similar records in terms of PPG and points against per game, which suggests that this match-up might be a close one. The Wildcats are 8-14-2 ATS and 14-9 O/U this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Bruins have not been very good on the road in recent starts, which may end up hurting them here. I like the Wildcats to take advantage of home court, albeit in a close one.
Predicted Score: UCLA Bruins 74 Arizona Wildcats 77