California Golden Bears vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac 12 Network
Odds/Point Spread: California (+12)
The UCLA Bruins (2-1) play the California Golden Bears (2-2) at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday. UCLA opens this game as 12-point favorites. The O/U opens at 130.5.
California will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 2-2 so far this year. They currently have an average of 67.8 pts per contest (211th in college basketball) while going 42.9% from the field. The Golden Bears are connecting on 29.9% on three-point attempts (29 of 97) and 64.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, California is pulling in 40.0 boards per game and has tallied 50 assists so far this year, which is 93rd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 16.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 16.8 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Golden Bears are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.8 fouls. The Golden Bears defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 41.1% (97 of 236) and they concede 35.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 220th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 48 surrendered so far this year. They give up 31.6% on 3-point attempts and they are 66th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (62.8).
The California Golden Bears played the Arizona State Sun Devils and went home with a loss by a final score of 70-62 in their last game. California walked away from the game having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 of 55) and converted 7 of 26 shots from beyond the perimeter. When shot from the charity stripe, the Golden Bears converted 11 of their 17 shots for a rate of 64.7%. With regard to rebounding, they collected 33 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 10 assists in the matchup in addition to getting 4 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defending, California allowed the other team to shoot 40.0% from the field on 22 of 55. Arizona State doled out 11 dimes and 3 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Sun Devils grabbed 24 boards (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Arizona State shot 75.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 16 shots. They knocked down 6 of 21 tries from beyond the arc.
Matt Bradley is a player who was pivotal in this matchup. He notched 20 points on 7 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins played and pulled down 8 rebounds. Bradley went 33.3% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of court time in the matchup for the Golden Bears was Ryan Betley. He had 5 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-10 (10 points). Overall, Betley played for 34 minutes.
UCLA has a win-loss record of 2-1 this season. As an offense, the Bruins are connecting on 46.0% from the field, which is ranked 171st in the nation. UCLA has scored 243 points on the campaign (81.0 per game) and they pull down 38.7 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.0 times per contest (85th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Bruins are committing 20.0 fouls per contest and they hit 68.2% from the charity stripe. The Bruins are ranked 194th in the nation in PPG surrendered with 74.3. The UCLA defense allows 24.1% on 3-point shots (21 of 87) and their opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 14.3 assists and 33.7 rebounds every game, which is 205th and 102nd in those defensive categories. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (134th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the UCLA Bruins went home victorious with a score of 78-52 when they faced the Seattle Redhawks. The Bruins were able to collect 35 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the game. They also rejected 4 attempts while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Redhawks committed 23 fouls in this matchup which took the Bruins to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. Regarding 3-point shots, UCLA converted 6 out of 16 tries (37.5%). Overall, the Bruins shot 28 for 51 from the field which gave them a percentage of 54.9%. The Bruins allowed the Redhawks to make 23 of their 59 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 39.0% for the game. They wrapped up this game 13.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 3 of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 3 out of 9 at the charity stripe (33.3%). When talking about how they rebounded, UCLA permitted Seattle to collect 22 overall (6 offensive).
Jules Bernard was important for the Bruins for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 8 for the contest giving him a rate of 75.0%, which gave him 16 points. Bernard totaled 3 rebounds in his 29 minutes and had 2 dimes for the contest. Another guy that was pivotal for UCLA was Jaime Jaquez. He racked up 9 points in 28 minutes on the court by going 3 of 3 from the floor for the contest. Jaquez ended up shooting 100.0% from the field in addition to totaling 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take California (+12)
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