UCLA Bruins vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
TV: CBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: UCLA (+1)
The UCLA Bruins (19-12 last season) travel to Viejas Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the San Diego State Aztecs (30-2 last year). San Diego State opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 134.
The UCLA Bruins faced the USC Trojans and ended up losing by a score of 54-52 in their last game of the season. UCLA finished the contest with a 31.4% field goal percentage (16 out of 51) and buried 6 of 18 3-point shots. When shot from the charity stripe, the Bruins knocked down 14 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they earned 30 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 8 assists for this game as well as getting 6 steals and 3 blocks. In relation to defense, UCLA allowed the other team to shoot 31.4% from the field by shooting 16 of 51. USC earned 13 dimes and 5 steals in this game. Moreover, the Trojans grabbed 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. USC walked away from this one shooting 41.7% at the free throw line by burying 5 of 12 attempts. They made 7 of 17 tries from long range. Chris Smith is a player who was important for the contest. He ended up scoring 12 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He played for 34 minutes played and also pulled down 6 rebounds. Smith finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of minutes in this game for the Bruins was Tyger Campbell. He pulled down 5 rebounds and also tallied 5 assists. He finished the game at 27.3% from the field in this contest via 3-of-11 (9 points). When the final whistle was blown, Campbell was on the hardwood for 34 minutes.
UCLA heads into this contest after finishing with a record of 19-12 last year. They turned it over 13.2 times per contest and as a team committed 18.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a group UCLA pulled in 36.6 boards per game and earned 401 dimes last season, which ranked 207th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Bruins shot 32.3% on shots from downtown (186 of 576) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. They averaged 69.5 points per contest (229th in college hoops) while connecting on 43.4% from the field. On the defensive end the Bruins forced 13.0 turnovers every game and they drew 18.6 personal fouls. The Bruins defense allowed a field goal percentage of 42.9% (710 of 1,656) and they relinquished 31.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They were ranked 44th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 337 surrendered last year. They surrendered 37.5% from 3-point land and they were ranked 116th in the country in opponents PPG (67.1).
The last time they took the court, the San Diego State Aztecs took a defeat with a final score of 59-56 against the Utah State Aggies. The Aztecs were able to corral 20 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 32 for the contest. They stuffed 2 shots while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Aggies committed 11 fouls for the game which took the Aztecs to the free throw line for 10 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 90.0%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, San Diego State made 5 of their 19 tries (26.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Aztecs shot 21 for 61 from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.4%. The Aztecs permitted the Aggies to convert 21 out of 48 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.8% for the contest. They shot 37.5% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 9 out of 24 and finished the game at 8 of 10 from the charity stripe (80.0%). When talking about how they rebounded, San Diego State allowed Utah State to snag 34 overall (5 on the offensive side). Malachi Flynn played big minutes for the Aztecs in this matchup. He made 6 out of 20 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 30.0%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Flynn grabbed 3 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and earned 2 dimes in the matchup. Another guy that played a role for San Diego State was KJ Feagin. He notched 11 points in his 35 minutes played via 3 out of 11 shooting for the game. Feagin ended the game having shot 27.3% from the field while earning 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
San Diego State had a record of 30-2 last year. In terms of offensive execution the Aztecs shot 46.8% from the floor, which ranked 34th in D-1. San Diego State earned 2,395 points last season (74.8 per contest) and they snagged 35.0 rebounds per contest. They dished out assists 14.8 times per contest (47th in D-1) and they turned it over 10.8 times per game. The Aztecs committed 16.7 personal fouls per game and they hit 77.1% from the free throw line. The Aztecs on the defensive end were ranked 3rd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 59.5. They forced 14.1 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 38.7% from the floor (10th in the nation). The San Diego State defense from outside the perimeter surrendered 29.7% from downtown (213 of 717) and opponents knocked down 72.8% of their foul shots. They allowed 11.0 assists and 31.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranked them 56th and 39th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UCLA (+1)
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