UCLA - Indiana Preview

Indiana Hoosiers (7) Vs. UCLA Bruins (2)
Saturday, 3/17 @ 8:10
Betting Line From Bookmaker: UCLA -7

For Indiana, the first round was a relatively easy win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. By the half, the Hoosiers led 34- 29 and at the end of the game Indiana was on top 70- 57. The UCLA Bruins come into the second round after an easy 70- 42 win over fifteenth seed Weber State. Halfway through the first-half, UCLA and Weber were tied 10- 10. After that, it was all Bruins.

The Hoosiers shot 40% from the field and an amazing 94% from the foul line in their first game. For Indiana, junior forward D.J. White posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Roderick Wilmont led all scorers with 22 points, while swiping 7 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists. Off the bench, Lance Stemler grabbed 8 rebounds and scored 6 points. Senior guard Earl Calloway contributed 11 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds.

Coming into the game, the UCLA Bruins had been playing badly, losing in the early round of their conference tournament to California and finishing the regular season with a loss to Washington. The resounding victory over the Weber State Wildcats should give the Bruins confidence going into round two.

UCLA shot 47% from the floor and 53% from the three-point line. They made 67% of their foul throws. Center Lorenzo Mata, a junior, had three blocks, 7 rebounds and 6 points. Junior guard Arron Afflalo was back to his old form, scoring 22 and clutching 8 rebounds. Sophomore standout, Darren Collison, at guard, was the playmaker with 8 assists and 14 points.

If you’re looking for an edge, the Bruins have it from the three-point arc, while the Hoosiers look best from the foul mark. UCLA sent their first round opponents to the foul line 22 times and need to cut back on that number in round two. Indiana was more disciplined, allowing Gonzaga only 16 shots from the charity stripe.

Many times these games come down to foul shooting. If it does, the Bruins could be in trouble.

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