UCLA Bruins vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 3/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: UCLA (+7)
The Michigan Wolverines (23-4) play the UCLA Bruins (21-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday in the Elite 8. UCLA opens this game as 7-point dogs. The total has been set at 137.5.
UCLA will enter this game with a mark of 21-9 this season. They are turning it over 10.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.1 fouls per contest. As a unit, UCLA is collecting 35.2 boards per game and has totaled 404 dimes for the year, which is 46th in college basketball in terms of passing. The Bruins are connecting on 37.2% on shots from downtown (207 of 556) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.6 points per game (112th in the country) while shooting 46.0% from the field. On the defensive end, the Bruins are able to force 11.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are giving up 33.8% from 3-point land while they are 116th in college basketball in PPG allowed (68.3). The Bruins defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.7% (741 of 1,697) and they surrender 31.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 269th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 359 surrendered on the season.
The UCLA Bruins faced off with the Alabama Crimson Tide and walked away with a win by a score of 88-78 in their last contest. UCLA wrapped up the contest having earned a 39.2% field goal percentage (29 out of 74) and buried 10 of their 29 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Bruins made 20 of their 25 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 38 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists for the game while creating 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. With regard to defending, UCLA allowed 43.5% from the floor on 30 of 69 shooting. Alabama distributed 9 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Alabama snagged 41 boards (11 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Alabama finished the game at 44.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of 25 tries. They also knocked down 7 out of their 28 shots from 3-point land.
Jaime Jaquez is a player who was a factor in the game. He was able to score 17 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 45 minutes played and collected 8 boards. Jaquez finished the contest at 46.2% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Bruins was Jules Bernard. He collected 6 rebounds in his 42 min on the basketball court. He finished 26.7% from the field for this contest via 4-of-15 (17 points). When the game finished, Bernard tallied 2 assists.
Michigan has a record of 23-4 so far this season. Michigan has scored 2,074 pts for the campaign (76.8 per contest) and they collect 37.4 boards per game. The Wolverines are committing 14.9 fouls per game and they hit 77.4% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolverines are hitting on 48.5% from the floor, which ranks them 28th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 16.0 times per contest (30th in the country) and they are giving up possession 11.1 times per game. The Wolverines on defense are ranked 52nd in the nation in points per game surrendered with 65.6. The Michigan defense concedes 32.4% on three-point shots (171 of 528) and their opposition makes 75.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 9.9 dimes and 31.1 total boards per game, which is 16th and 28th in D-1. They are forcing 10.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 39.3% from the floor (13th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Michigan Wolverines went home victorious with a score of 76-58 when they played the Florida State Seminoles. The Wolverines were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 34 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while recording 4 steals in this game. The Seminoles earned 22 personal fouls for this game which took the Wolverines to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to convert 15 of them for a percentage of 65.2%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Michigan knocked down 3 out of their 11 attempts (27.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Wolverines went 29 out of 59 from the floor which had them shooting 49.2%. The Wolverines permitted the Seminoles to knock down 24 of their 60 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 40.0% in this matchup. They went 25.0% from distance by shooting 5 of 20 and finished the contest at 5 out of 6 from the free throw line (83.3%). In reference to attacking the glass, Michigan allowed Florida State to collect 28 in total (7 offensive).
Hunter Dickinson was important for the Wolverines in this game. He made 5 out of 10 for this contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 8 rebounds. Dickinson tallied 14 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and added 2 assists in the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Michigan was Brandon Johns. He finished with 2 assists in 26 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 of 10 from the floor. Johns ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 14 points and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Michigan (-7)
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