Arizona State Sun Devils vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona State Sun Devils vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona State (+8.5)
The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-10) travel to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday where they'll meet the UCLA Bruins (15-5). The odds on this contest have UCLA as 8.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 146.5.
Arizona State steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 7-10 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 74.6 points per game (102nd in the nation) while going 43.3% from the field. The Sun Devils are shooting 32.7% on three-point shots (124 of 379) and 73.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Arizona State is grabbing 31.4 boards per game and is sitting with 214 dimes so far this year, which is 236th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.2 times per game and as a team are committing 20.4 personal fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Sun Devils are forcing 15.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.1 fouls. The Sun Devils defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.6% (444 of 974) and they relinquish 39.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 213th in college basketball in allowing assists with 251 surrendered for the year. They are relinquishing 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 309th in college basketball in opponents points per game (77.3).
The Arizona State Sun Devils faced off with the USC Trojans and went home with a loss by a final score of 89-71 in their last contest. Arizona State walked away from the game having earned a 45.0% FG percentage (27 of 60) and made 8 of their 15 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Sun Devils knocked down 9 of their 9 tries for a percentage of 100.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 25 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 11 assists for the contest while getting 5 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing defending, Arizona State allowed their opponent to shoot 45.0% from the floor on 27 out of 60 shooting. USC earned 21 assists and had 5 steals for the game. On top of that, the Trojans totaled 35 boards (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. USC finished the game at 60.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 10 tries. They also made 11 of 20 shots from distance.
Remy Martin is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He totaled 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 35 mins and pulled down 2 rebounds. Martin ended up shooting 63.2% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this contest for the Sun Devils was Kimani Lawrence. He totaled 6 rebounds and accounted for 4 dimes. He finished the game shooting 41.7% from the field in this matchup via 5-of-12 (12 points). When the game finished, Lawrence saw the court for 34 minutes.
UCLA has a record of 15-5 for the season. UCLA has tallied 1,461 points on the season (73.1 per game) and they pull down 35.9 rebounds per contest. The Bruins are committing 16.0 fouls per game and they go 71.5% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bruins are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which ranks them 130th in the nation. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.0 times per contest (124th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.9 times per contest. The Bruins defensively are ranked 93rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 67.1. They have forced 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the floor (151st in the country). The UCLA defense concedes 33.8% on 3-point shots (154 of 455) and their opposition makes 73.8% of their foul shots. They concede 12.1 assists and 31.9 boards every game, which is 114th and 54th in those defensive categories.
The last time they took the court, the UCLA Bruins got the victory with a final of 74-60 against the Arizona Wildcats. The Bruins were able to collect 26 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 31 for this game. They also rejected 2 attempts while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Wildcats had 14 personal fouls in this game which took the Bruins to the charity stripe for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 66.7%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, UCLA made 4 of 15 attempts (26.7%). When all was said and done, the Bruins finished the game shooting 32 out of 60 from the field which gave them a rate of 53.3%. The Bruins allowed the Wildcats to bury 21 of their 50 attempts from the field which left them shooting 42.0% for this game. They finished the game shooting 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 4 out of 16 and finished the game at 14 of 20 at the charity stripe (70.0%). With respect to rebounding, UCLA permitted Arizona to pull down 32 in total (8 offensive).
Jaime Jaquez ended up being a major contributor for the Bruins in the game. He knocked down 10 of 12 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 83.3%, which had him sitting at 25 points. Jaquez collected 5 boards in his 37 minutes played and had 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for UCLA was Tyger Campbell. He finished with 13 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 of 9 shooting in this matchup. Campbell wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the floor while also earning 3 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCLA (-8.5)
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