Underdog College Basketball Picks & Player Prop Odds: UCLA To Continue Surging Vs. Colorado?

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
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Within tonight’s college basketball odds board, this matchup of PAC-12 rivals showcases the spread of . Thus, the market has shaped the line into a defacto coin flip. Elsewhere, the total is . Let’s dig into two players who will go over or under the prop total for Underdog Fantasy College Basketball picks.

In general, you will select two, three, or four players and then determine if their fantasy scores will do just that. Click any odds to place a wager at the best sports betting sites.

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Underdog College Basketball Picks: colorado at UCLA

For the time being, these teams are headed in opposite directions.

UCLA was left for dead to start PAC-12 play, but the Bruins have ripped off six wins in their last seven matchups. The lone loss came via a 19-point blown lead at Arizona. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes have dropped three of their last four games.

While Colorado will aim to bounce back after a 20-point defeat to those same Wildcats on Saturday, its offense lacks a sizeable edge in this matchup. Guided by do-it-all point guard KJ Simpson, the Buffaloes have strung together 48.1% of their offense in the paint, ranking in the 91st percentile (per CBB Analytics).

On the flip side, the Bruins aren’t a rim funnel defense by any stretch, with budding sophomore Adem Bona protecting the rim at an elite level.

Simpson & Co. have also struggled to limit turnovers, which UCLA’s ball pressure will capitalize on. If Tad Boyle’s crew is unable to speed up the pace, Bona should have his fair share of rebounding opportunities. The higher than 6.5 rebounds + assists could be worth a look, assuming foul trouble isn’t an issue. It’s plagued Bona throughout the season, especially against Oregon on Feb. 3. In that contest, he was limited to just 19 minutes, going under this total.

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On the flip side, there isn’t much of anything that the Bruins do well offensively. Seriously. Their effective field goal percentage (eFG%) ranks dead last in the conference. Outside of the rare perimeter barrage, like against Stanford on Feb. 7 (11-of-25 shooting), UCLA prefers games of the lower-scoring variety.

Although Colorado’s defense has been fairly inconsistent, the aforementioned Simpson is one of the league’s premier backcourt pests. Bruins’ lead guard Dylan Andrews has cleared his points total in three of his last five matchups, yet under 13.5 points is a pick to consider, given Simpson’s defensive chops.

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College basketball odds: colorado at ucla

Per my college basketball power rankings, these teams are separated by almost 3.5 points on a neutral court. Hence, the spread above is fair after baking in the Bruins’ home-court edge at Pauley Pavilion.

Conversely, Haslametrics projects a score of 69.8-66.5, favoring the Buffaloes. Erik Haslam runs this college hoops site and will return to Outside Shots once conference tournaments are underway. TheLines.com’s managing editor Stephen Andress co-hosts with me biweekly to dig into the slate and discuss betting odds. Subscribe below to the podcast below.


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