UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: UCLA (+3.5)
The UCLA Bruins (13-3) head to Galen Center on Saturday where they'll take on the USC Trojans (14-3). USC opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 135.
UCLA will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 13-3 so far this year. The Bruins are connecting on 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc (112 of 300) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 75.1 points per game (99th in the country) while shooting 45.5% from the field. They are turning it over 11.1 times per game and as a unit they are committing 15.6 fouls per game. As a unit, UCLA is snagging 36.7 boards per contest and has earned 234 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 100th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Bruins have forced 12.5 turnovers every game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. The Bruins defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 43.1% (391 of 908) and they surrender 30.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 164th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 190 conceded for the year. They are giving up 31.9% from 3-point land while they are 92nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.1).
The UCLA Bruins played the Oregon State Beavers and notched a win by a score of 57-52 in their last game. UCLA walked away from the game having earned a 32.7% FG percentage (17 out of 52) and buried 6 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Bruins buried 17 of their 23 shots for a percentage of 73.9%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 33 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 dimes in the matchup while getting 8 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to defense, UCLA allowed the other team to shoot 32.7% from the floor on 17 of 52 shooting. Oregon State doled out 11 assists and had 3 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Beavers snagged 31 rebounds (5 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Oregon State walked away from this one shooting 71.4% at the free throw line by converting 5 of 7 attempts. They also made 7 of their 20 tries from distance.
Cody Riley is one guy who was a contributor for this contest. He had 16 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins and grabbed 10 rebounds. Riley finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Bruins was Tyger Campbell. He grabbed 2 rebounds and had 4 dimes. He ended up shooting 33.3% from the field for the matchup by going 2-of-6 (9 points). At the conclusion of this game, Campbell played 32 min.
USC has a record of 14-3 for the season. USC has totaled 1,297 pts this year (76.3 per contest) and they pull down 40.9 rebounds per contest. The Trojans are responsible for committing 16.5 fouls per contest and they shoot 65.4% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Trojans are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which ranks them 63rd in Division 1. They are getting an assist 13.9 times per contest (130th in the country) and they cough up possession 12.5 times per contest. The Trojans on the defensive side of the court are 50th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 64.6. The USC defense gives up 32.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (125 of 382) and opponents are knocking down 70.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12.2 dimes and 32.6 rebounds every game, which ranks them 121st and 73rd in college hoops. They have forced 12.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 38.2% from the floor (6th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the USC Trojans got the victory with a final of 72-66 against the Stanford Cardinal. The Trojans corralled 18 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for this contest. They also blocked 6 shots while recording 3 steals for the contest. The Cardinal earned 18 personal fouls for the game which took the Trojans to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a clip of 70.0%. Concerning shots from distance, USC made 4 of their 17 tries (23.5%). When all was said and done, the Trojans finished shooting 27 out of 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.4%. The Trojans allowed the Cardinal to make 27 of their 52 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.9% in this contest. They went 43.8% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 16 and finished the game at 5 out of 8 from the free throw line (62.5%). In relation to rebounds, USC permitted Stanford to pull down 26 in all (5 offensive).
Evan Mobley was important for the Trojans for this game. He made 8 out of 13 in this game for a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which gave him 23 points. Mobley snagged 11 rebounds in his 38 minutes and had 2 dimes for this contest. An additional guy that was important for USC was Drew Peterson. He was able to score 15 points in 30 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 out of 8 shooting in this game. Peterson ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UCLA (+3.5)
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