UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans Prediction, 2/12/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Galen Center is the site where the USC Trojans (20-4) will take on the UCLA Bruins (17-4) on Saturday.
The UCLA Bruins faced Stanford and went home with a win by a final score of 79-70 in their last contest. UCLA walked away from the contest having earned a 54.8% field goal percentage (34 out of 62) and buried 6 out of their 16 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bruins made 5 of their 5 attempts for a rate of 100.0%. With regard to rebounding, they collected 25 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists for the contest as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In relation to the defense, UCLA allowed the other team to shoot 53.7% from the field on 29 out of 54 shooting. Stanford distributed 8 assists and had 3 steals for this game. On top of that, Stanford pulled down 26 boards (8 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't have a block. Stanford finished the contest at 50.0% when shooting free throws by burying 5 of their 10 attempts. They converted 7 of 20 shots from 3-point range. In reference to personal fouls, the Bruins ended up finishing with 11 while Stanford totaled 10 personal fouls.
Johnny Juzang is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He shot 62.5% from the field and totaled 1 assist. He played 37 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. He scored 23 points on 10 out of 16 shooting.
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UCLA heads into this game with a mark of 17-4 on the season. They average 77.8 points per outing (42nd in Division 1) while hitting 45.2% from the floor. The Bruins are shooting 34.3% on three-point attempts (148 of 431) and 71.9% from the free throw line. As a team, UCLA is collecting 37.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 300 assists for the season, which has them ranked 188th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 9.3 times per game and as a group are committing 16.3 fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bruins are forcing 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 102nd in college hoops in giving up assists with 263 conceded for the year. The Bruins defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.7% (500 of 1,199) and they surrender 34.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They concede 32.3% on 3-point shots and they are 89th in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the USC Trojans got the win with a final of 74-68 when they played Pacific. In relation to cleaning up the glass, USC permitted Pacific to get 35 overall (6 offensive). They finished 28.0% from three-point range by shooting 7 of 25 and finished the contest at 7 of 8 from the charity stripe (87.5%). The Trojans permitted Pacific to make 27 of their 62 tries from the floor which had them at 43.5% for the matchup. Overall, the Trojans shot 25 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. Regarding 3-pointers, USC made 6 of 17 tries (35.3%). They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 78.3%. Pacific earned 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Trojans to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Trojans pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for this game.
Drew Peterson pitched in for the Trojans for this game. He earned 12 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and added 8 assists for the game. He converted 5 out of 8 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and had 3 rebounds.
USC has a mark of 20-4 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Trojans are hitting on 45.8% from the field, which ranks 88th in college basketball. USC has totaled 1,760 points this season (73.3 per contest) and they average 41.0 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.7 times per contest (83rd in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.1 times per game. The Trojans commit 14.8 fouls every game and they shoot 64.4% from the free throw line.
The USC defense concedes 31.8% on shots from distance (166 of 522) and opponents are converting on 70.7% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 11.7 assists and 33.6 rebounds every game, which is 106th and 124th in the nation. The Trojans on the defensive end are ranked 40th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 63.6. They are forcing their opponents into 10.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.1% from the floor (13th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UCLA
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