College Basketball Picks: UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes
UCLA Bruins at Colorado Buffaloes
Saturday, 1/12/12, 2:00 PM EST, TV: Pac-12 Networks
Opening Point Spread: Colorado -2.5
Current Betting Line: Colorado -3.5
Opening Total: 145
Current Total: 145
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
UCLA concludes its two-game road swing on Saturday afternoon, as it prepares to take on Colorado for the seventh time in school history, coming off a 57-53 victory over the Utah Utes Thursday. The Bruins were held to their lowest point total of the season, but still managed to log their eighth consecutive victory. It’s still important to note that the offense still averages a Pac-12 Conference-leading 78.5 points per game, including 86.5 during their most recent six-game homestand. UCLA is 3-6 ATS versus teams with a winning record this year, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.
The Bruins figure to be in a bit of a dog fight in this affair, but they’ve gone 5-1 in games decided by five points or fewer during the 2012-13 college basketball campaign. UCLA will look for freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad to bounce back from an off night, as he did score in double digits in each of his first 12 games.
Colorado has played the most games decided by under 10 points in the Pac-12, as it looks to win its second consecutive game, coming off a 66-60 victory over the USC Trojans as eight-point home favorites last time out. The Buffaloes have won all seven of their games at the Coors Events Center, while posting a dominating 39-4 record at the venue since coach Tad Boyle stepped on campus. Colorado is 13-9 ATS when playing with one or less days rest over the last two-plus seasons.
The Buffaloes have one of the more talented backcourts in the country, with Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combining to score 412 points this season. Colorado is 6-0 when four players score in double figures, which could certainly happen due to four of five probable starters averaging 10 or more points per game. Forward Andre Roberson is the player to watch in the paint, averaging 11.8 rebounds per game—his highest mark since arriving at Boulder.
Sports bettors will likely back the Buffaloes due to their 10-3 ATS mark following a straight-up win, while the Bruins are 0-4 ATS on the road.
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