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A pair of foes from the Pac-12 take the floor in college hoops in the Golden State. The UCLA Bruins are on the road as they make the trip to face the Stanford Cardinal Saturday night. UCLA comes in off a 75-67 overtime win on the road over Cal in their last game Wednesday night. Stanford rallied for a 79-76 win over USC at home in their last contest Wednesday night. The Bruins lead the all-time series 116-43 and have won the last three meetings, including a 92-70 home win in the first matchup on January 3.
UCLA Bruins Look for Back to Back Wins
UCLA snapped a three-game slide as they knocked off Cal in overtime after a rough opening half of action. The Bruins improved to 6-6 in the Pac-12, leaving them tied for sixth in the conference standings. UCLA trailed by nine at the half and trailed by four with 2:04 to play before rallying to force overtime. The Bruins outscored Cal 11-3 in the extra session, including the first five points of overtime, to get the victory. UCLA shot 39 percent from the field, including 10 of 29 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 50-36 to offset missing 11 of 30 free throw attempts. Kris Wilkes finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bruins in the win.
Live and die by the 3️⃣? Well it worked last night for @UCLAMBB. 👌
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 14, 2019
The Bruins average 78 points per game so far this season. UCLA is tough on the glass, grabbing 41.6 boards a night, and dishes off 15.1 assists per game. The Bruins have had their struggles on the defensive end, ranking 272nd by allowing 75.4 points per game. Kris Wilkes leads the team with 17.8 points a game on the season. Moses Brown (10.7 points, 8.5 rebounds), Jaylen Hands (12.4 points, 6.3 assists) and Prince Ali (9.6 points) all are solid offensive weapons for the Bruins. Murry Bartow now will look to Cody Riley, Chris Smith, Jules Bernard, Jalen Hill and David Singleton for productive minutes as well. UCLA is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Bruins knock down an average of 7.5 triples a night while draining 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. UCLA needs to improve at the free throw line as they are connecting on 62.2 percent as a team, which is just 346th of the 353 Division I teams.
Stanford Cardinal Shoots to Sweep LA Schools
Stanford needed a late rally but extended USC’s skid with their home victory. The Cardinal improved to 6-6 in the Pac-12, leaving them in a tie for sixth in the conference, 4.5 games behind Washington in the standings. Stanford was down five at the half and trailed 76-72 with 1:09 to play in the contest. The Cardinal finished the game strong as they ended the game on a 7-0 run to earn the victory. Stanford shot 46.3 percent from the field, including six of 19 from three-point range, and forced 15 USC turnovers in the contest. KZ Okpala led the Cardinal with 18 points in the win.
.@Bryce_Wills5 was CLUTCH down the stretch.
— Stanford Men's Basketball (@StanfordMBB) February 14, 2019
The Cardinal put up an average of 72.7 points per game this season. Stanford collects an average of 35.4 rebounds per contest while handing out 12.3 assists per game. The Cardinal is above average on the defensive end of the floor as they are tied for 210th by allowing 72.6 points per contest. KZ Okpala leads the team with 17.4 points plus 5.7 rebounds per game. Cormac Ryan contributes 8.9 points per contest while Daejon Davis chips in 12.6 points plus 4.2 assists a night. Marcus Sheffield, Oscar da Silva, Josh Sharma, Jaiden Delaire and Bryce Wills are all looked to step up for the Cardinal on both ends of the floor. Stanford shoots 46 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Cardinal hits 6.7 three pointers a night while shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. Stanford sinks 68.5 percent from the charity stripe so there is room for improvement there.
- Cardinal are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Cardinal are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win
- Bruins are 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are coming in here off come from behind wins and stand at the .500 mark in conference play. Stanford has home court advantage in this contest but they haven’t had much success against UCLA of late. The Bruins have some capable scoring options and they have a terrific playmaker in Hands to lead the way. Stanford struggles most of the time outside of Okpala and Davis to get things going offensively. The Cardinals don’t have the weapons to keep up with UCLA’s offensive attack: look for the Bruins to pick up the victory in this one, even on the road, to sweep the season series.
Prediction: UCLA Bruins +3
Full-Game Total Pick
Defense doesn’t carry the day in this one as both teams are below average on the defensive end of the floor. Offensively, UCLA is 64th in the nation in scoring, 81st in field goal percentage and sixth in the nation in rebounding. Stanford is in the middle of the pack in scoring offense (184th) and stand 100th in field goal percentage. For their struggles in scoring defense, UCLA is good at defending shooters: they are 54th in field goal percentage defense as they limit the opposition to 41.2 percent from the floor. Can Stanford find a way to get high percentage shots against the Bruins’ defense?
The over is 21-6 in the Bruins’ last 27 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. Stanford has seen the over go 21-6 in their last 27 vs. a team with a winning straight up record, 8-3 in their last 11 at home and 5-2 in their last seven on Saturday. The teams have gone over the total in four of the last five meetings in Stanford and 21 of their last 27 meetings overall. There’s plenty of offense in this one and it rolls on past the number at the final buzzer.
Prediction: Over 150