NCAA basketball on Saturday night and we will see the UCLA Bruins travel to Maples Pavillion to take on the Stanford Cardinal. The game has a start time of 6:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN 2. Vegas odds have the Cardinal listed as 2 point favorites, while the total sits at 148.
Analysis: The UCLA Bruins come in at 20-5 overall and 10-3 within the Pac-12. The Bruins are rolling right now, having won 4 in a row by an average of 15.5 ppg. The UCLA offense comes in averaging 83.2 ppg, which is 10th in the nation, while shooting 49.7% from the field overall (7th) and 40.9% from long range (5th). This is a pretty deep team as 8 players average at least 6.7 ppg for the Bruins. 4 players average in double figures for the Longhorns, with Jordan Adams leading the way at 17.5 ppg. Kyle Anderson is 2nd in scoring at 15.3 ppg, while leading the team in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game. On defense, the Bruins are average at best, allowing 70.0 ppg on 42.1% shooting. UCLA leads the all-time series 139-91, including eight wins in the last 10 meetings.
The Stanford Cardinal come in at 17-8 overall, but just 8-5 within the Pac-12. The have won 4 of their last 5 games and would like to get revenge in this one for a 17 points road loss at UCLA earlier in the year. The Cardinal are a solid offensive team that has averaged 75.4 ppg on 46.3% shooting. They are led by Chasson Randle, who averages 18.5 ppg, while Dwight Powell (15.0 ppg), Anthony Brown (13.3 ppg) and Josh Huestis (10.8 ppg) round out the double digit scorers for this team. Huestis also leads the team in rebounding at 8.5 rpg. at the defensive end og=f the floor, the Cardinal have done a decent job, limiting teams to just 68.5 ppg on 40.9% shooting. The one area they do struggle on defense is their three pint defense, allowing teams ti hit 35.7% of their treys, which ranks 249th in the nation.
Pick: The Bruins are rolling right now and that should continue here. they have outscored their last 4 opponents by 15.5 ppg and have averaged 85.5 ppg over that stretch. The cardinal will just not have enough offense to pull this one out.
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