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UCLA vs Arizona Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Bruins vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats
- Where: Tucson at McKale Center
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: UCLA +1, UCLA -109 | ARZ -112 O/U 149.5
Through 19 games, the UCLA Bruins have an overall record of 17-2. On the road, the Bruins will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 6-1. So far, the Bruins have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 16.32 points per contest. Not only has Jr. been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCLA’s top rebounder at 7.0 boards per contest. Behind Jr., the team has benefited from the strong play of Tyger Campbell, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.8% of his shots and is adding 2.58 boards per game.
On offense, UCLA is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.1 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 35.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.5% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The Arizona Wildcats head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 16-3. Currently, the Wildcats have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 12-1. The Wildcats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Arizona has been favored to win in 19 games, sitting with a mark of 16-3.
Azuolas Tubelis comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 20.16 points per contest. Not only has Tubelis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Arizona’s top rebounder at 9.42 boards per contest. Behind Tubelis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Oumar Ballo, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.11 points per game. Overall, he has hit 65.2% of his shots and is adding 9.0 boards per game.
Arizona comes into today’s matchup vs UCLA, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 84.6 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 49.6% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 247th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Arizona Wildcats -1
Leading into this matchup, the Arizona Wildcats are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -1. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Wildcats’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Arizona has a field goal percentage of 49.6, good for 11th in college basketball. Although Arizona hasn’t been excellent vs the spread at home of late, 5-5, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -1.