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#793 Denver vs.
#794 UCLA
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave



#793 University of Denver
#794 University of California, Los Angeles


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The UCLA Bruins host the Denver Pioneers Sunday in college basketball action. The Bruins are 6-3 on the year while the Pioneers are 4-5. These two teams haven't played each other since 1975. Lifetime, UCLA is 10-1 against Denver. Tipoff is Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.

Denver gets win

The University of Denver Pioneers poured it on late and defeated Jackson State on Tuesday 67-58 victory. With the win the Pioneers improved to 4-5 Jackson State dropped to 1-8. Denver shot 54.3 percent from the field and went a nifty 6-for-13 from the 3-point line. They held Jackson State to 8.3 percent shooting from three, holding them to just 2-for-24 shooting.

Jase Townsend led the Pioneers with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Ade Murkey also added 17 points. David Nzekwesi chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Denver is averaging 62.3 points per game in 2019-20 and is shooting 42.4 percent from the field.

They have held teams to 45.0 percent shooting. They rank third in the Summit League in steals per game and first in forced turnovers. Murkey ranks 17th in the Summit League in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Roscoe Eastmond ranks 10th in the league with 2.9 assists per game.

UCLA rolls over San Jose State

The UCLA Bruins improved to 6-3 with a 93-64 shellacking of San Jose State last Sunday.Jalen HillandJaime Jaquez Jr. each scored 18 points to lead the Bruins.Hill added 11 rebounds and 4 assists, giving him a double-double. Chris Smith, who had 14 points, and Prince Ali, who 10 points, were also in double figures.

"I was obviously concerned about the fact that we played three games in Maui and didn't leave until Friday, then didn't get back until almost 10 at night," saidMick Cronin, told UCLA basketball. "To have to turn around and play today is tough, but I thought the guys, their energy level was great. I was proud of them. They responded well to it. We're just trying to get better every day."

Jalen Hill averages 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Cody Riley averages 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season.

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The UCLA here. Denver is out of its league here. UCLA has a new look with some new faces and a new coach in Mick Cronin. It remains to be seen how good they will be when the Pac-12 conference season rolls around. But one thing is certain, they are not going to lose this game. Denver is 4-5 and had to rally to beat a one win team in Jackson State. Denver is ranked No. 313 in the KenPom rankings, which is near the bottom in the country. UCLA is No. 114 in those rankings. The Pioneers stand even less of a chance playing at Pauley Pavilion, so go with UCLA to cover.

Prediction: UCLA

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Take the over. UCLA put up 93 points on a pretty bad San Jose State team last week. Denver is not as good as San Jose State, so this one could get ugly. Denver has played decent defense, but throw those numbers out here. They have not really played any quality opponents yet. UCLA has way to much size and scoring punch for the Pioneers to handle. The Pioneers are definitely out of their league here as they only average 62 points per game. They may not even reach that number, but UCLA will win by enough to push it into the over territory.

Prediction: Over

Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.