Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 2/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (+2)
Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom is the site where and the UCLA Bruins (14-5) will take on the Arizona Wildcats (14-7) on Thursday. The line on this contest has UCLA as 2-point favorites. The total has been set at 140.5.
Arizona steps onto the hardwood with a record of 14-7 for the year. The Wildcats are hitting 38.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (142 of 373) and 72.0% from the free throw line. They average 76.5 points per game (71st in the nation) while going 45.1% from the field. They cough up possession 12.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 18.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Arizona is snagging 38.6 rebounds per game and is sitting with 329 assists on the campaign, which is 25th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Wildcats have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 20.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 201st in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 238 surrendered for the season. The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.7% (503 of 1,179) and they concede 30.8 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 34.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 118th in college basketball in PPG allowed (68.1).
The Arizona Wildcats faced the Oregon Ducks and went home with a loss by a final score of 63-61 in their last contest. Arizona finished having earned a 38.6% FG percentage (22 out of 57) and converted 9 of 23 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Wildcats made 8 of 11 shots for a percentage of 72.7%. Regarding pulling down boards, they earned 26 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 17 assists for the game in addition to having 2 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about the defense, Arizona let their opponent shoot 38.6% from the floor on 22 out of 57 shooting. Oregon totaled 10 dimes and had 2 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Ducks grabbed 31 rebounds (11 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Oregon shot 54.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 11 shots. They also buried 7 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Azuolas Tubelis is a player who was a factor in the game. He ended up with 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins played and collected 7 rebounds. Tubelis ended up going 63.6% from the field and dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Wildcats was Kerr Kriisa. He collected 2 boards and also earned 5 dimes. He ended up going 44.4% from the floor in this game by shooting 4-of-9 (12 points). In all, Kriisa saw the court for 23 min.
UCLA has a win-loss record of 14-5 for the year. UCLA has tallied 1,387 points for the campaign (73.0 per contest) and they grab 36.1 rebounds per game. The Bruins commit 15.9 fouls per contest and they hit 71.6% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Bruins are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 151st in the country. They are dishing out assists 14.2 times per game (110th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.1 times per contest. The Bruins on the defensive end are ranked 99th in D-1 in points given up per game with 67.5. The UCLA defense allows 34.2% from downtown (150 of 439) and their opposition knocks down 74.0% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 12.3 dimes and 31.8 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 124th and 51st in college hoops. They are able to force 12.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.8% from the field (162nd in the nation).
In their last game, the UCLA Bruins went home victorious with a score of 64-61 against the Washington Huskies. The Bruins snagged 29 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this game. They rejected 3 tries while earning 2 steals for the matchup. The Huskies were called for 18 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Bruins to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw tries for a rate of 33.3%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, UCLA converted 10 out of 20 tries (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Bruins finished 24 for 51 from the floor which had them shooting 47.1%. The Bruins allowed the Huskies to bury 21 of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 36.2% in the game. They finished shooting 47.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 14 at the free throw line (64.3%). When it comes to rebounds, UCLA allowed Washington to get 29 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Johnny Juzang ended up having an impact for the Bruins for the game. He buried 12 out of 23 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 52.2%, which gave him 32 points. Juzang pulled down 7 boards in his 39 minutes played and tallied 3 dimes in the game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for UCLA was Jules Bernard. He finished with 14 points in 30 minutes played by going 5 out of 9 from the floor in the game. Bernard ended the game having shot 55.6% from the floor and also collecting 2 dimes and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Arizona (+2) and under 140.5 points
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