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College Basketball UCLA Bruins vs Kentucky Wildcats Start Time, Betting Odds

The Kentucky Wildcats are taking on the UCLA Bruins in NCAA Tournament action on Friday night. The game is scheduled for a 9:39 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on CBS. The college basketball odds for the game have the Bruins favored to pick up the win.

College Basketball Odds
UCLA -1.5
Total: 166 points

This could be the best game of the tournament. UCLA and Kentucky are a pair of blue blood programs that make college basketball better and taking to the court tonight in a major contest is going to be great.

The Bruins have some distractions with LaVar Ball and Steve Alford potentially taking the Indiana job, but it doesn’t look to be slowing them down. UCLA has wins over Kent State and Cincinnati to open the tournament, they’ve been putting up points and actually played some decent defense in the win over the Bearcats.

Kentucky is going to need a big game from Malik Monk. His matchup with Lonzo Ball could determine the winner here and freshmen on both sides of the ball are going to be important to the outcome.

These teams met in December, UCLA won 97-92. They shot 53 percent compared to just 41.2 percent by the Cats, and the Bruins still turned it over 18 times. If they happens again tonight, tough to see them winning.

Free Pick: Kentucky

Movie Free Picks: UCLA Vs. Kentucky (Betting NCAA Basketball)

A historic totals run has the oddmakers thinking one way, while the pro bettors think the other way. Handicapped by Pro Bettor Brad Powers - with Steve Fezzik from the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas. Get his NCAA College Basketball Free Pick: UCLA Vs. Kentucky