UCLA Bruins (9-6) at Oregon Ducks (9-5)
NCAA Basketball: January 10th, 2019 at 9:00 ET (Matthew Knight Arena)
Line and Odds: Oregon -3.5, Over/ Under: 147
Free NCAA Basketball Pick UCLA Bruins vs Oregon Ducks
After four consecutive losses in December, UCLA handed the coaching reins over to Assistant Coach Murry Bartow to instill life into the once prominent program. The change has worked so far with Bartow instilling a faster paced tempo with energy and plenty of shots. UCLA is led by guards Kris Wilkes (17.3 ppg), Jaylen Hands (11.3PPG, 6.9 apg), and Center Moses Brown (12.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg). Though the Bruins won handily over Stanford and Cal, playing Oregon on the road is never an easy task. Yes, the new style of play under Bartow has brought more points, but it has also come with periods of sloppy play. The Ducks play an aggressive match up zone that thrives on baiting players into sloppy play and turnovers. It will be interesting to see how newly appointed starter, Chris Smith, handles his new role in what should be an entertaining conference battle.
The Oregon Ducks look to rebound after their PAC 12 opening loss to rival Oregon State. The loss of center Bol Bol (21 pts, 9 reb, 2.7 blocks) and fellow front court presence Kenny Wooten (6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 blocks) has effected the Ducks style of play on both sides of the ball. Too add salt to the wound, sophomore Abu Kigab decision to transfer to Boise State has left the Ducks with just 8 players on scholarship. The freshman trio of Francis Okoro, Louis King, and Miles Norris will have to grow up fast in their absences. Head Coach Dana Altman plan is to play simpler, smart, and within their system while Okoro (13gp, 10.7 min) and Norris (4gp, 9.8 min). If senior Paul White (9.4 ppg, 3.4 apg) and junior Payton Pritchard (12.4 ppg, 4.6 apg) can keep the young Ducks controlled into the second half they may be able to pull behind the energetic crowd to victory.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
UCLA is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
UCLA is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
UCLA is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Oregon is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at home
Oregon is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oregon’s last 8 games
Free NCAA Pick Oregon Ducks vs UCLA Bruins
Both teams have had their issues this season, but adjusting to a new coach is easier to do than losing top talent and experience. Oregon’s front court issues showed in their loss on Saturday to Oregon State and I expect the same to happen tonight. Having only 8 players hinders how aggressive Oregon can play. I expect these depth issues to come into play this evening and for UCLA to cover the points.
PICK: UCLA +3.5