UCLA Bruins vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/18/2014
Friday, March 21, 8:57 PM on TRU
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California
Opening Lines & Odds - UCLA -9 -- Over/Under: 145.5
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There aren't many experts giving 13th seeded Tulsa a chance against the red-hot UCLA Bruins, but Golden Hurricane coach Danny Manning knows a thing or two about tournament runs. That being said, his coaching counterpart in Friday night's game, UCLA's Steve Alford, is no stranger to national championships either. Tulsa went 21-12 in Manning's second season as head coach which includes a regular season and postseason C-USA title.
Tulsa has taken a more focused approach to defense which has allowed them to win 11 straight games and hold their conference tourney opponents to 32.7, 40.4, and 33.3 field goal percentages. James Woodard has led the charge lately going for 27, 19, and 24 points the last 3 games. Coach Manning knows how to create tournament magic and his influence could have Woodard having a prominent role in 'one shining moment.'
While UCLA's Pac-12 Conference tournament victory was impressive, there are still underlying questions that need to be put to rest after the Bruins lost 3 of 5 games to close out the regular season. While Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson lead the charge for UCLA, balance has been the key lately with Norman Powell, Zach LaVine, and David & Travis Wear all reaching double figures in scoring during the conference tournament. UCLA is a 9 point favorite playing in the comfort of San Diego but Tulsa has won its last 5 opening round tournament games.
UCLA is 21-12-0 ATS this season
UCLA is 15-15-0 against the over/under this season
Tulsa is 22-8-0 ATS this season
Tulsa is 9-18-0 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
No injuries to report at this time
03/05/14 G Stevie Repichowski Hand out indefinitely
02/20/14 G Patrick Swilling Jr. Suspension out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take UCLA
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