Saturday’s college basketball odds boards feature a plethora of intriguing matchups, but let’s dive into this top-25 matchup with No. 5 UCLA going on the road to face No. 11 Arizona. UCLA vs. Arizona odds will likely have the Bruins favored by one possession when markets open, in what should be projected as a fairly high-scoring game by college basketball standards.
Pac-12 fans have had this matchup circled on the calendars since the beginning of the season. The Bruins look to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 play, as this game is set to tip off at 2:00 p.m. ET. Arizona on the other hand, is looking to right the ship after a rough 5-3 start to conference play.
UCLA AT ARIZONA: SPREAD, MONEYLINE, TOTAL
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UCLA VS. ARIZONA ODDS PREVIEW
Why UCLA Can Cover
UCLA’s defense has been tremendous thus far and will play a large role in deciding the outcome of this game. In fact, the Bruins’ defense ranks eighth in the nation in turnover percentage (25%). This could be problematic for Kerr Kriisa, who is fourth in the Pac-12 in turnovers, with 55 already.
The Bruins squad has also found its groove defensively, coming in at fifth in defensive efficiency (via KenPom). Junior guard Jaylen Clark has been spectacular for Mick Cronin‘s Bruins. The 6-foot-5 guard from California leads the Pac-12 conference in steals with 2.7 per game. In their game last weekend against Colorado, the Bruins forced the Buffaloes into a whopping 23 turnovers in their 68-54 come from behind victory. Colorado led by three at halftime but saw it quickly evaporate in the second half.
If the Bruins defense can slow down the up-tempo Wildcats and turn them over, they should be able to cover this game.
On the flip side, UCLA bolsters one of the best offenses in college basketball, accruing 1.098 PPP (22nd). Led by seniors Jaime Jaquez (16.3 ppg) and Tyger Campbell (13.8 ppg), the Bruins should be able to get the looks they want against a lackluster Arizona defense. Defensively, the Wildcats don’t turn their opponents over much, averaging just 12.5 per game thus far.
KenPom makes the Bruins a 3-point favorite for this matchup, with a total set at 153.
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Why Arizona Can Cover
The Wildcats have a significant height advantage in this matchup. It begins with UCLA having to defend Oumar Ballo and Azuolas Tubelis Saturday. Tubelis has been one of the best players in the country and an effective two-way player for Tommy Lloyd‘s team. His open-court ball handling combined with his long frame and play-making ability make him a matchup nightmare for opponents in the Pac-12.
Ballo has been incredibly impressive for Tommy Lloyd’s Wildcats this year. After averaging just 6.8 points last season in limited minutes, the 7-foot center has burst onto the scene this season, averaging just over 16 points and nine rebounds each contest. Their combined height could be problematic for UCLA’s defense to keep in check Saturday.
Additionally, Kerr Kriisa has a significant height advantage on UCLA point guard Tyger Campbell. Campbell has struggled defensively against taller guards and this game should be no different.
Furthermore, Arizona is one of the fastest paced teams in the country. According to Kenpom, the Wildcats are twelfth in adjusted tempo thus far. If this turns into a track meet, Arizona could pull away early and not relinquish the lead.
Tempo and defense will be the determining factors in this Pac-12 matchup. I’ll be looking for a chance to live bet UCLA at under a possession.
Best of luck betting UCLA vs. Arizona odds!