Tuesday CBB and we will see the UCLA Bruins take on the Georgia Bulldogs as part of the Legends Classic at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised live on ESPN U. Currently the odds for the game have UCLA favored by 12 points while the total sits at 132. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Free Analysis: Despit its positive record, the start of the season has not gone as smoothly as UCLA would have liked. It won its first three games at home, although one of those was a narrow escape over UC Irvine in overtime, 80-79. The Bruins took on Georgetown on Monday night and were upset by the Hoyas in a 78-70 final. UCLA is averaging 84 ppg, and while it has shot a respectable 45.9 percent from the floor, it would certainly like to up its three-point efficiency (.317). The Bruins put forth their worst offensive effort of the young season against Georgetown in hitting just 40.9 percent of their field goal attempts as they spent the entire second half playing catch-up. There's plenty of reason for optimism however, as blue-chip freshman Shabazz Muhammad made his debut and was impression coming off the bench with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Also having a big night was Jordan Adams, who scored a team-high 22 points, albeit on just 8-of-20 from the field. Although he has yet to start a game, Adams is the team's leading scorer with 23.5 ppg and he has converted an amazing 32-of-33 attempts from the free throw line (.970).
Georgia's season has not gotten off to the start it had hoped for. After winning its opener at home over Jacksonville (68-62), the Bulldogs have dropped three straight against Youngstown State (68-56), Southern Miss (62-60), and No. 1 Indiana (66-53). They gave the nation's top-ranked team all they had however, even leading 38-34 in the second half before the Hoosiers pulled away with a 19-4 run. The Bulldogs have had a real struggle putting up points in the early stages of this season, as they tally less than 60 ppg on just 36.3 percent shooting from the floor. They also get bullied on the boards, getting outrebounded by an average of 8.7 rpg. There were some encouraging signs for the Bulldogs in the first half against Indiana, especially when they led by as many as five and took a 30-29 lead into halftime. Unfortunately, Georgia had another poor shooting game and allowed Indiana to shoot 58.3 percent in the second half. The offense revolves around Caldwell-Pope, but he’s struggled in his last two games, shooting 25 percent (9-for-36) from the field, including 29.1 percent (7-for-24) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs did a good job shutting down Indiana 7-foot star Cody Zeller, but the Hoosiers’ guards were able to heat up in the second half. UCLA’s solid backcourt could pose similar problems Tuesday.
Free Pick: Gonna go with the Bruins in the one. Last night the Bruins had a rough game vs Georgetown, but they will be facing a much weaker opponent tonight and should get back on track. The addition of Shabazz gives this team just one more weapon and he showed some of his potential last night, hitting 5 of his 10 shots for 15 points. He will be an even bigger force in this one, now that he's got his feet wet. Last night the Bulldogs showed some heart, by staying with and leading Indiana at the half, but that just means that UCLA will not over look this team. I expect the Bruins to come out firing and to try and put the Bulldogs away early. This one should be a blowout.
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