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Northwestern Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins Betting Matchup Report

UCLA BruinsNorthwestern Wildcats
6-0November 29, 2013, 11:30 | Orleans Arena4-3

Northwestern will look to improve on its 4-3 record on Friday when they host UCLA in NCAA basketball odds action at Orleans Arena.

The Bruins will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 4-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 2-4 ATS. UCLA is 2-4 on the totals; Northwestern is 2-4.

View UCLA Bruins vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats - Bruins odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northwestern is rated No. 212 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UCLA is at No. 22.

UCLA was a 105-84 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Nevada. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites. UCLA cruised to victory on Thursday, running Nevada out of the gym and running up a 105-84 score at Orleans Arena.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 78-67 loser at home against Missouri. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. JerShon Cobb scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 78-67 to Missouri at Orleans Arena on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northwestern has the nation's No. 204-rated offensive output, at 69.86 PPG. The visiting Bruins defense ranks No. 65 allowing on average 66 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 45.15% so far, less than the Bruins marksmen have achieved on the year, 54.37% per game.

A few Bruins at Wildcats trends to consider:
UCLA is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
UCLA home to Santa Barbara, Tuesday, December 3rd
Northwestern at North Carolina State, Wednesday, December 4th