The UCLA Bruins are playing the Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday night in NCAA Tournament action. The game is scheduled for a 9:57 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on truTV. The college basketball odds for the game have the Bruins favored by a comfortable margin to pick up the win.

College Basketball Odds
UCLA -18.5
Total: 162 points

UCLA has had some distractions with Lonzo Ball’s dad talking about how his three sons should have billion dollar shoe deals. But outside of that the Bruins are playing very well and they should have zero issues beating Kent State in this one. The Golden Flashes won 22 games this season and they picked up four straight victories on their way to win the MAC Tournament this year.

Kent State can put up some points (77 per game) but they give up better than 72 on defense, which is not a good mix against this UCLA team. The Bruins have the third-best offensive efficient team in the country and they play a really quick tempo, something Kent State won’t be able to match.

The Bruins have a six guys averaging double figures per game, led by TJ Leaf and his 16.2 per contest. He’s also a powerful rebounder which couples nicely with Thomas Welsh and his 10.7 points and 8.8 rebounds pre game. The Bruins could beat up Kent State pretty good inside here, but also get some solid perimeter play from Ball and Bryce Alford. Don’t forget Isaac Hamilton and Aaron Holiday as well, they add scoring punch in double-digit fashion every game.

Free Pick: UCLA

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