Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the UCLA vs Arizona battle Friday at MGM Grand Garden Arena as the Bruins look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This is a conference playoff game in the Pac 12 Tournament. The game is being played at MGM Grand Garden Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Bruins sit at 24-8 (13-17-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wildcats are currently 25-6 (14-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? UCLA is 13-15 OU, and Arizona is 10-17-1 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 42-ranked Bruins and the No. 32-rated Wildcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 80-77 win for the Wildcats on Friday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits UCLA's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 75.2 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 102 at 63.6 PPG. The Bruins field goal percentage has averaged 45.7% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Arizona owns the country's No. 45-rated mark, allowing 63.4 points per game on the highway. UCLA, on the other hand, rates No. 38 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Arizona, they were a 79-69 winner as they battled Colorado at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. Arizona got 18 points from Nick Johnson en route to a 79-69 victory over Colorado on Thursday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Last time out for UCLA, they were an 80-75 winner as they battled Arizona State at home. They earned a push in the match as a 5-point favorite. UCLA got 20 points from Larry Drew II en route to an 80-75 victory over Arizona State on Thursday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.