Thursday, February 18, 2016
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The Utah Utes travel to Pauley Pavilion to play the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The opening line for this game has UCLA as 1 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 149.
The Utes come into this game with an overall record of 19-7 and a road record of 3-5. They are 10-13 against the spread and their over/under record is 14-10. The Bruins have an overall record of 14-11 and a home record of 10-3. They have an over/under record of 15-10 and they are 10-15 against the spread.
Jakob Poeltl comes into this contest averaging 17.8 points per game while playing 29 minutes per night so far this season for the Utes. He pulls down 8.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 67% while his free throw percentage is currently at 69%. Kyle Kuzma averages 11.7 points per game in 24.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 6 rebounds per game for Utah. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 64%.
Bryce Alford averages 16.4 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per contest this year for the Bruins. He grabs 4 rebounds per game and has 5.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Isaac Hamilton averages 16.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Utah averages 77.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 60th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 8.4 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team which has them ranked 12th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 113th in the country. They average 37.3 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game which ranks them 104th and 51st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 123rd with 12.3 per game. The Utes allow 69.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 102nd in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 80th and 267th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 32.9 rebounds a game which ranks 49th and they give up 11 assists per contest which puts them in 31st place in the country. They force 10.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 321st in the Division 1.
UCLA averages 79 points per game this year which ranks them 39th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 2.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 78th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 129th in the nation. They average 40.8 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per contest which ranks them 20th and 41st respectively. In the turnover department the Bruins rank 158th with 12.6 per game. The Bruins allow 76.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 272nd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 93rd and 141st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36.8 rebounds a game which ranks 225th and they give up 14.2 assists per contest which puts them in 245th place in the nation. The Bruins force 11.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 268th in college basketball.
The Utes average 69.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 81.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 13 per contest. The Utes have an offensive rating of 114 and they assist on 57.5% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 56%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Utah turns the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.8% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.5%. The Utes give up 70.9 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 68.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Bruins score 81.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 71.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -4 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 8.8 points per game. The Bruins have a rating on offense of 107.8 and 54.4% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 72.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shots. UCLA turns it over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.6% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 34.2%. The Bruins give up 72.9 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 75.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Utah Utes Betting Trends
The Utah Utes are 10-13 against the spread
The Utah Utes are 14-10 against the over/under
UCLA Bruins Betting Trends
The UCLA Bruins are 10-15 against the spread
The UCLA Bruins are 15-10 against the over/under
Utah Utes Injuries
12/16/15 G Brandon Miller Personal left the program
01/07/16 C Makol Mawien Redshirt out for season
UCLA Bruins Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Utah
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