Arizona Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins: College Basketball Betting Odds and Picks

Arizona Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins
Thursday, 1/9/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona PK
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -2
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The UCLA Bruins are 10-19 SU all-time against No. 1 teams
The UCLA Bruins are 10-19 SU all-time against No. 1 teams

Arizona is the top-ranked team in the country and has put together a 15-0 SU and 10-4 ATS record to start the 2013-14 campaign.  The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 Conference with 26 true road wins since the start of the 2009-10 season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks, including a 2-0 mark in that situation this year.  The program heads into this affair ranked third nationally in allowing just 54.9 points per game.  Arizona is 1-3 SUATS as road favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 16.0 points a contest.  Arizona has won the rebounding battle in each of its 15 games and ranks third nationally with a +12.1 edge in that important statistical category, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball betting lines.  The program is certainly focused on trying to snap a three-game skid in this rivalry.

UCLA has won three games in a row, including a 107-73 blowout victory over the USC Trojans as 12.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total of 154.  The Bruins are second in the conference in averaging 87.1 points per game, with sophomore Jordan Adams leading the way at 18.7 points a contest.  He’s scored at least 20 points in eight of 14 affairs.  UCLA is 6-12 SU and 9-9 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 10-7 in that situation.

The Bruins have one of the best all-around players in the country in forward Kyle Anderson, who is averaging 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists.  UCLA has compiled a 10-19 SU record when taking on the top-ranked team in the country, including a 4-5 mark in nine of those opportunities since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bruins due to the underdog covering the last five meetings in this series.

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