The No. 2 UCLA Bruins (29-5) and the No. 15 UNC Asheville Bulldogs (27-7) meet on Thursday to compete for a place in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The first round matchup begins at 10:05 PM.
UCLA is a major 17.5-point favorite against UNC Asheville when the Bruins take the court against the Bulldogs on Thursday. The point total for the game is 136.
UCLA vs. UNC Asheville Odds
Point Spread for UCLA vs. UNC Asheville
The spread for this matchup is set at 17.5 points, with bookmakers listing UCLA as the favorite.
UCLA vs. UNC Asheville Moneyline
As for the moneyline, UCLA has -2553 odds to pick up the win, while UNC Asheville is listed at +1158 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 136 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
- Game Time: 10:05 PM ET
- TV Channel: truTV
- Location: Sacramento, California
- Arena: Golden 1 Center
UCLA vs. UNC Asheville Betting Trends
In UCLA’s 34 games this year, it has 19 wins against the spread. The Bruins have won in 28, or 93.3%, of the 30 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. UCLA’s games this year have gone over the point total 16 times in 32 opportunities (50%).
UNC Asheville is 17-15-0 against the spread this season. The Bulldogs have been the underdog on the moneyline 11 total times this season. They’ve gone 8-3 in those games. UNC Asheville has eclipsed the over/under 50% of the time this season (16 of 32 games with a set point total).
UCLA vs. UNC Asheville Key Players to Watch
Jaime Jaquez Jr. puts up 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 2.3 assists, shooting 47.4% from the field. Tyger Campbell leads the Bruins at 4.6 assists per contest, while also averaging 2.6 rebounds and 13.6 points. Jaylen Clark puts up 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest, shooting 47.9% from the field. Adem Bona averages 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 0.6 steals and 1.7 blocked shots.
Drew Pember tops the Bulldogs in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounding (9.4), and produces 2.3 assists. He also averages 0.9 steals and 2.3 blocked shots. The Bulldogs receive 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Tajion Jones. Nicholas McMullen is posting 8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game, making 56.3% of his shots from the floor. Jamon Battle gives the Bulldogs 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1 assists per game. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the UCLA Bruins
The Bruins own a top-25 defense this season, ranking sixth-best in college basketball with 60.3 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 125th with 73.9 points scored per contest. With 32.6 boards per game, UCLA is 120th in the nation. It surrenders 29.2 rebounds per contest, which ranks 64th in college basketball.
UCLA ranks 310th in the nation with 6.1 threes per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 155th with a 34.7% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Bruins are 81st in the country with 6.5 threes allowed per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they rank 41st with a 31.1% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.
The Bruins have a 6-3-1 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall in their last 10 contests. UCLA has hit the over in five of its last 10 contests. UCLA has seen a decrease in scoring recently, racking up 73.4 points per game in its last 10 contests, 0.5 points fewer than the 73.9 it has scored this year. The past 10 games have seen UCLA give up 1.4 more points per game (61.7) than its season-long average (60.3).
What you need to know about the UNC Asheville Bulldogs
With 75 points scored per game and 68.6 points conceded, the Bulldogs are 99th in the nation on offense and 134th defensively. On the boards, UNC Asheville is 157th in college basketball in rebounds (32.1 per game). It is 157th in rebounds conceded (30.8 per game).
In 2022-23 UNC Asheville is 115th in the country in 3-point makes (7.9 per game) and fifth-best in 3-point percentage (39%). In 2022-23 the Bulldogs are 54th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (6.2 per game) and 13th-best in defensive 3-point percentage (29.7%).
The Bulldogs have gone 9-1 in their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Six of UNC Asheville’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. UNC Asheville is averaging 74.4 points per contest over its last 10 games, which is 0.6 fewer points than its average for the season (75). While the Bulldogs are giving up 68.6 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, allowing 67.3 points per contest.
UCLA vs. UNC Asheville Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is UCLA, and we predict that UCLA will cover the spread (UCLA -17.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136 points.
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