UCLA Bruins (17-1 SU, 11-7 ATS, 10-7-1 O/U) at Utah Utes (12-4 SU, 7-6-1 ATS, 8-6 O/U)
When and Where: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Ut., 6pmET
Line: UCLA -3
UCLA goes out on the road again after crushing Colorado, 104-89 on Thursday. They’ve now won four straight to improve to 4-1 in the Pac-12. Utah dominated USC, 86-64 at home to improve to 3-1 in the Pac-12. Last season, Utah beat UCLA on the road, 75-73 in their only meeting.
UCLA shot 56.5 percent from the field and an incredible 19 of 31 in their win over Colorado. The Bruins were up by just six at the half and outscored the Buffs, 53-44 in the second half. Senior guard Bryce Alford led the Bruins with a career-high 37 points, while Isaac Hamilton added 20 points. Alford shot 11-of-18 from the field and 9-of-14 from the three-point line. The Buffs shot 46.6 percent from the field and 8-19(42.1%) from the three-point line.
The Bruins average 93.4 points per game (3rd), shoot 53.5 percent from the field (2nd) and 44.1 percent from three-point line (1st). They allow 74.9 points per game and 40.8 percent from the field (36.3% 3pt). Alford leads the Bruins in scoring at 17.9 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc. Freshman T.J. Leaf (17.1 points, 65.1% FG, 51.4% 3pt) and Lonzo Ball (14.5ppg, 8.0apg) are also outstanding players on this talented squad.
Daniels leads balanced Utes against Trojans
Devon Daniels scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead Utah over USC, 86-64 on Thursday night at home. USC opened on a 10-0 run and then the Utes scored 11 straight points to take the lead. Utah has now won eight straight against the Trojans. The Utes shot 55.2 percent from the field and made 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. Defensively, they held the Trojans to just 36.7 percent from the floor. David Collette and Lorenzo Bonam added 15 points apiece. Utah had great balance in this game and they have six different players who average double figures in scoring.
Utah is led by Collette (15.4ppg, 5.9rpg) and Kyle Kuzma (14.6ppg, 9.5rpg). Point guard Lorenzo Bonam is the key, averaging 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. Utah averages 80.4 points per game and shoots 50.5 percent from the field (34% 3pt). They allow 66 points per game and 39.5 percent from the floor (39th).
College Basketball Trends:
- 8-1 ATS last 9 after an ATS win.
- 10-4 ATS last 14 Saturday games.
- 2-5-1 ATS after an ATS win.
Tough to go against UCLA when they are playing this well. Utah has a nice team and it’s tough to play in Salt Lake City but the Bruins are loaded. They were already tested against Oregon on the road and have learned from that experience.
Pick: UCLA -3
Nobody can really stop UCLA when they are in a zone because they have too many weapons. If you pick on Leaf, you have Alford or Ball. If you target Ball, he’ll slice and dice you with great passes to Leaf, Alford or Hamilton. Utah has some weapons of their own and the Bruins are not a great defensive team. UCLA is 5-1 Over their last 6 road games, while Utah is 5-0 Over their last 5 Saturday games.