Stanford Cardinal vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 2/16/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Stanford Cardinal vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Location: Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA
Pauley Pavilion is the location where the UCLA Bruins (21-4) will go up against the Stanford Cardinal (11-14) on Thursday.
The Stanford Cardinal faced off with Arizona and took home the win by a score of 88-79 in their last contest. When it comes to personal fouls, the Cardinal left the arena with 19 and Arizona recorded 19 personal fouls. They also buried 14 out of their 35 attempts from three-point range. Arizona went 81.8% from the free throw line by knocking down 9 of 11 shots. Additionally, Arizona collected 23 boards (9 offensive, 14 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Arizona distributed 17 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. With regard to the defense, Stanford allowed their opponent to shoot 45.9% from the floor on 28 of 61 shooting. They also dished out 17 assists for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 4 steals. When it comes to pulling down boards, they compiled 33 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Cardinal buried 12 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 63.2%. Stanford finished with a 61.1% FG percentage (33 out of 54) and converted 10 of their 18 shots from 3-point land.
Michael O'Connell is someone who came through for this contest. He finished with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes played and snagged 3 rebounds. He shot 60.0% from the floor but finished the game without a dime.
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Stanford comes into this one with a mark of 11-14 on the season. They cough up possession 12.9 times per game and as a team they are committing 16.4 personal fouls per game. As a team, Stanford is grabbing 35.2 boards per game and has tallied 349 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 158th in the nation in terms of passing. The Cardinal are connecting on 33.9% on three-point shots (193 of 569) and 70.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 69.2 points per outing (242nd in Division 1) while hitting 44.4% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Cardinal have forced 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 16.4 fouls. They are ranked 120th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 307 relinquished so far this season. The Cardinal defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.9% (602 of 1,372) and they surrender 31.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They are conceding 34.9% on shots from distance while they are 98th in college basketball in points per game allowed (66.9).
The last time they took the court, the UCLA Bruins walked away with a victory by a final of 70-63 when they played Oregon. The Bruins recorded 22 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 7 times, while earning 10 steals in the matchup. Oregon committed 20 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Bruins to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to make 14 of them for a clip of 66.7%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, UCLA made 6 of their 11 tries (54.5%). When the game finished, the Bruins went 25 out of 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.7%. The Bruins permitted Oregon to knock down 21 out of their 48 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.8% for this game. They wrapped up this game 35.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 7 of 20 and finished the contest at 14 out of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). Concerning how they rebounded, UCLA allowed Oregon to snag 32 in total (6 offensive).
Jaime Jaquez ended up being a factor for the Bruins for this game. He made 8 out of 20 in the game for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and had 12 rebounds. He earned 25 points in his 39 minutes of playing time and had 3 dimes in this matchup.
UCLA has a mark of 21-4 this season. When it comes to offense, the Bruins are shooting 46.4% from the field, which is 77th in the country. UCLA has totaled 1,849 points so far this season (74.0 per contest) and they average 35.6 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per contest (79th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 10.6 times per game. The Bruins commit 15.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.2% from the charity stripe.
The Bruins on defense are ranked 8th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 59.8. They are forcing their opponents into 16.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (48th in Division 1). The UCLA defense gives up 30.6% on shots from distance (166 of 543) and opponents are converting on 71.5% of their free throw shots. They surrender 11.4 assists and 31.6 total boards per game, which is ranked 84th and 52nd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Stanford
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