UCLA Bruins vs Oregon Ducks Prediction, 12/23/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
Odds/Point Spread: UCLA (+3.5)
Matthew Knight Arena is the site where and the Oregon Ducks (6-1) will play the UCLA Bruins (5-2) on Wednesday. Oregon opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 139.
UCLA comes into this matchup with a mark of 5-2 for the campaign. The Bruins are shooting 35.1% from downtown (47 of 134) and 70.7% from the charity stripe. They average 77.3 points per contest (107th in Division 1) while going 46.2% from the field. They turn the ball over 10.6 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, UCLA is grabbing 37.9 boards per game and has accumulated 112 assists for the year, which has them ranked 70th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Bruins are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.7 personal fouls. They concede 28.7% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 130th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.4). The Bruins defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 41.5% (168 of 405) and they relinquish 31.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 206th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 86 surrendered so far this year.
The UCLA Bruins faced the Ohio State Buckeyes and went home with a loss by a final score of 77-70 in their last contest. UCLA walked away from the game with a 40.0% FG percentage (24 of 60) and knocked down 4 of their 13 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Bruins converted 18 of 24 tries for a rate of 75.0%. When discussing pulling down boards, they collected 31 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 13 assists for the contest in addition to earning 3 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defense, UCLA allowed the other team to shoot 40.0% from the field on 24 of 60. Ohio State distributed 11 dimes and 2 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Buckeyes collected 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Ohio State shot 73.1% when shooting free throws by knocking down 19 of 26 attempts. They also knocked down 8 out of their 22 shots from downtown.
Johnny Juzang is a player who was important for the contest. He ended up scoring 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 mins played and also snagged 3 rebounds. Juzang went 38.5% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Bruins was Cody Riley. He had 5 boards and totaled 2 assists. He finished the contest at 77.8% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 7-of-9 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Riley saw the court for 21 min.
Oregon has a record of 6-1 for the campaign. Oregon has totaled 542 points this year (77.4 per game) and they pull in 39.3 boards per contest. The Ducks are committing 15.4 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 68.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Ducks are shooting 48.4% from the floor, which ranks 80th in the country. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per game (102nd in college hoops) and they turn it over 13.9 times per game. The Ducks defensively are ranked 74th in college hoops in points given up per game with 63.9. They have relinquished 11.7 assists and 30.3 total boards per game, which is 114th and 41st in those categories. The Oregon defense concedes 29.0% on shots from 3-point land (49 of 169) and opponents are knocking down 76.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 38.9% from the floor (61st in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Oregon Ducks went home victorious with a score of 80-41 when they faced the Portland Pilots. The Ducks pulled down 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the contest. They rejected 10 shots while recording 10 steals in this game. The Pilots earned 13 fouls for the game which took the Ducks to the free throw line for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to make 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Oregon knocked down 8 of their 21 tries (38.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Ducks walked away from this one shooting 32 for 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 57.1%. The Ducks allowed the Pilots to make 12 out of 56 tries from the field which left them shooting 21.4% for this contest. They finished 15.8% from three-point range by connecting on 3 out of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 16 from the free throw line (87.5%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Oregon permitted Portland to collect 22 in total (8 on the offensive side).
LJ Figueroa played big minutes for the Ducks for this game. He buried 6 out of 11 for this game for a rate of 54.5%, which earned him 15 points. Figueroa had 6 rebounds in his 22 minutes and had 2 assists for this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Oregon was Chris Duarte. He accumulated 21 points in 23 minutes on the hardwood via 7 out of 11 from the floor for this game. Duarte wrapped this one up going 63.6% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UCLA (+3.5)
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