Pepperdine Waves vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pepperdine Waves vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
TV: Pac 12 Network
Odds/Point Spread: Pepperdine (+7.5)
Viejas Arena is the venue where and the UCLA Bruins (19-12 last year) will play the Pepperdine Waves (16-16 last season) on Friday. UCLA opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The total is set at 143.5.
Pepperdine will enter this matchup after finishing with a mark of 16-16 last year. They gave up possession 12.7 times per contest and as a unit committed 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a basketball team, Pepperdine pulled down 34.5 boards per contest and accounted for 475 dimes over the course of last season, which had them ranked 36th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Waves shot 35.1% on three-point shots (255 of 726) and 79.2% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 76.3 points per outing (46th in Division 1) while connecting on 43.4% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Waves forced their opponents into 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They conceded 38.1% from beyond the arc and they ranked 330th in college basketball in points per game allowed (77.1). The Waves gave up a field goal percentage of 45.8% (867 of 1,891) and they relinquished 36.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They were 340th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 499 surrendered throughout last year.
The Pepperdine Waves faced off with the UC Irvine Anteaters and earned the victory with a final of 86-72 in their last game. Pepperdine walked away from the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (32 out of 64) and knocked down 8 of their 24 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Waves converted 14 of 15 shots for a rate of 93.3%. In relation to getting rebounds, they earned 37 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 17 assists for this contest in addition to earning 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Pepperdine allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the field on 32 out of 64. UC Irvine totaled 16 assists and 6 steals for this game. Moreover, the Anteaters had 31 rebounds (13 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 3 rejections. UC Irvine finished shooting 85.7% at the free throw line by making 12 of 14 attempts. They made 6 out of their 15 attempts from distance.
Colbey Ross is someone who saw a lot of action for the contest. He was able to score 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes and snagged 6 rebounds. Ross ended up going 54.5% from the floor and recorded 8 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Waves was Kessler Edwards. He collected 7 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He ended up going 50.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 6-of-12 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Edwards was on the hardwood for 33 min.
UCLA had a record of 19-12 last season. UCLA accumulated 2,153 pts last year (69.5 per contest) and they snagged 36.6 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Bruins connected on 43.4% from the floor, which ranked them 192nd in D-1. The Bruins were responsible for committing 18.4 fouls per contest and they hit 71.8% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 12.9 times per game (192nd in the nation) and they turned it over 13.2 times per game. The Bruins defensively were ranked 116th in D-1 in PPG given up with 67.1. They were able to force 13.0 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 42.9% from the field (180th in Division 1). The UCLA defense conceded 37.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (235 of 627) and their opponents knocked down 72.7% of their free throw shots. They conceded 10.9 assists and 31.0 boards on a nightly basis, which had them ranked 50th and 24th in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the UCLA Bruins took a loss by a final score of 73-58 against the San Diego State Aztecs. The Bruins earned 20 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in this matchup. They also turned away 2 attempts while recording 2 steals in the game. The Aztecs were called for 21 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Bruins to the free throw line for 24 shots. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. When talking about shooting from distance, UCLA made 7 of their 21 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Bruins walked away from this one shooting 17 for 43 from the field which had them at 39.5%. The Bruins permitted the Aztecs to convert 27 of 58 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 46.6% for this game. They finished 39.1% from distance by connecting on 9 out of 23 and ended up shooting 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). When discussing rebounding, UCLA permitted San Diego State to grab 30 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Jaime Jaquez was important for the Bruins for the contest. He made 6 out of 10 in this game for a field goal rate of 60.0%, which got him 17 points. Jaquez pulled down 6 boards in his 36 minutes played and accounted for 2 assists for the contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for UCLA was Tyger Campbell. He accumulated 9 points in 34 minutes played via 3 out of 9 from the floor for this contest. Campbell walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor and also totaling 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCLA (-7.5)
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