The No. 1 seed UCLA Bruins (27-4, 18-2 Pac-12) and the No. 9 seed Colorado Buffaloes (17-15, 8-12 Pac-12) play in the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. Gametime is at 3:00 PM.
Thursday’s matchup between the Bruins and the Buffaloes features the Bruins as solid 9-point favorites. The point total for the game is 133.
UCLA vs. Colorado Odds
Point Spread for UCLA vs. Colorado
The spread for this matchup is set at 9 points, with bookmakers listing UCLA as the favorite.
UCLA vs. Colorado Moneyline
As for the moneyline, UCLA has -466 odds to pick up the win, while Colorado is listed at +358 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 133 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Pac-12 Network
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Arena: T-Mobile Arena
UCLA vs. Colorado Betting Trends
In UCLA’s 31 games this year, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Bruins have been chosen as favorites in 28 games this year and have walked away with the win 26 times (92.9%) in those games. UCLA’s games this year have gone over the point total 46.9% of the time (15 out of 32 games with a set point total).
Colorado has played 32 games, with 15 wins, against the spread. The Buffaloes have won four of the 10 games they were the moneyline underdog this season (40%). Colorado’s games this year have hit the over on 14 of 32 set point totals (43.8%).
UCLA vs. Colorado Key Players to Watch
Jaime Jaquez Jr. is tops on the Bruins with 17.5 points per game and 8 rebounds, while also averaging 2.4 assists. Jaylen Clark is averaging 13 points, 1.9 assists and 6 rebounds per game. Tyger Campbell leads the Bruins at 4.6 assists per game, while also posting 2.5 rebounds and 12.9 points. Adem Bona is averaging 7.8 points, 0.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Tristan da Silva paces the Buffaloes in scoring (16 points per game) and assists (1.3), and posts 4.9 rebounds. He also averages 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. KJ Simpson paces the Buffaloes in assists (3.8 per game), and averages 15.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. He also averages 1.5 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Nique Clifford is posting 6.1 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, making 37.7% of his shots from the field. Luke O’Brien is posting a team-high 5.3 rebounds per contest. And he is producing 6.1 points and 0.9 assists, making 43.5% of his shots from the field.
What you need to know about the UCLA Bruins
UCLA has covered 10 times in 20 chances against the spread in conference action this season. The Bruins own a top-25 defense this season, ranking sixth-best in college basketball with 60.1 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 120th with 74.2 points scored per contest. UCLA is pulling down 32.7 rebounds per game (117th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 28.7 rebounds per contest (47th-ranked).
UCLA is making 6.1 threes per game (310th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while putting up a 34.9% three-point percentage (145th-ranked). The Bruins are giving up 6.5 three-pointers per game (82nd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 31.1% (40th-ranked) from beyond the arc.
The Bruins have gone 10-0 over their last 10 contests, with a 5-4-1 record against the spread in that span. UCLA has gone over the total in five of its past 10 outings. UCLA has seen a decrease in scoring recently, racking up 72.8 points per game in its last 10 contests, 1.4 points fewer than the 74.2 it has scored this year. UCLA’s defense has been tougher as of late, as the team has allowed 59.1 points per game during its last 10 compared to the 60.1 points per game its opponents average on the season.
What you need to know about the Colorado Buffaloes
In Colorado’s 21 chances this season in Pac-12 action, the combined scoring has gone over the point total seven times. On offense the Buffaloes are the 212th-ranked team in the country (70.1 points per game). Defensively they are 70th (66.3 points conceded per game). Colorado is 60th in college basketball in rebounds per game (33.8) and 154th in rebounds allowed (30.7).
Colorado is 285th in the nation in 3-pointers made (6.4 per game) and 321st in 3-point percentage (31.4%). Defensively, the Buffaloes are 51st in the country in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.2. They are 60th in 3-point percentage conceded at 31.8%.
The Buffaloes have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. Three of Colorado’s past 10 outings have hit the over. Colorado has performed worse offensively over its previous 10 games, tallying 65.6 points per contest, 4.5 fewer points its than season average of 70.1. In their past 10 games, the Buffaloes are surrendering 65 points per contest, compared to their season average of 66.3 points allowed.
UCLA vs. Colorado Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is UCLA, and we project that UCLA will cover the spread (UCLA -9). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 133 points.
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