Denver Pioneers vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 12/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Denver Pioneers vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Location: Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Denver Pioneers (8-2) are headed to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday where they will try to beat the UCLA Bruins (7-2).
The Denver Pioneers took the court against Sacramento State and took a loss by a final of 87-85 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Pioneers ended up with 17 while Sacramento State recorded 21 personal fouls. They also converted 7 of 18 shots from three-point range. Sacramento State finished the game shooting 93.3% at the charity stripe by burying 14 of 15 attempts. On top of that, Sacramento State had 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Sacramento State earned 20 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. With regard to defending, Denver allowed 50.0% from the floor on 33 out of 66 shooting. They also doled out 11 assists in the game while forcing 12 turnovers and having 5 steals. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Pioneers made 14 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. Denver wrapped up the game with a 50.8% FG percentage (33 of 65) and converted 5 of their 19 shots from beyond the arc.
Tommy Bruner is someone who was a major factor in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 41 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. He went 40.9% from the floor and also dished out 6 assists.
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Denver comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 8-2 for the season. They are averaging 79.6 points per contest (60th in college basketball) while hitting 52.5% from the field. The Pioneers are shooting 33.8% on shots from downtown (46 of 136) and 70.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Denver is snagging 34.4 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 117 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 213th in college hoops in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 14.7 times per game and as a group are committing 15.4 fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Pioneers are forcing 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 22.2 fouls. They give up 31.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 280th in D-1 in PPG allowed (72.9). The Pioneers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 46.1% (274 of 595) and they surrender 29.0 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 316th in the nation in giving up assists with 140 relinquished this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the UCLA Bruins walked away with a victory by a final of 65-56 when they faced Oregon. The Bruins were able to corral 18 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 33 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while getting 3 steals for this game. Oregon was called for 13 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bruins to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 81.8%. With respect to 3-point attempts, UCLA made 4 out of 14 attempts (28.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bruins went 26 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.6%. The Bruins permitted Oregon to bury 24 out of 49 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.0% for this contest. They finished 23.5% from beyond the perimeter by going 4 out of 17 and finished the game at 4 of 7 from the charity stripe (57.1%). In reference to rebounds, UCLA allowed Oregon to grab 23 in total (3 offensive).
Jaime Jaquez pitched in for the Bruins in the matchup. He tallied 12 points in his 23 minutes on the court and earned 3 dimes in this game. He converted 4 of 8 for the game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds.
UCLA has a mark of 7-2 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Bruins are connecting on 50.2% from the field, which ranks 13th in the nation. UCLA has scored 726 points so far this year (80.7 per game) and they grab 35.2 boards per game. They are earning an assist 16.2 times per contest (49th in college hoops) and they turn it over 10.7 times per game. The Bruins commit 15.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 73.1% from the free throw line.
The UCLA defense allows 29.6% on shots from distance (63 of 213) and their opponents are knocking down 69.0% of their foul shots. They have allowed 12.4 assists and 30.2 rebounds per contest, which is 187th and 22nd in the country. The Bruins on the defensive side of the court are 61st in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 63.2. They are forcing 16.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the field (185th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCLA
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