College Basketball Picks: San Diego State Aztecs vs. UCLA Bruins

No. 23 San Diego State Aztecs vs. UCLA Bruins
Saturday, 12/1/12, 10:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  UCLA -1
Current Betting Line:  UCLA -1
Opening Total:  133.5
Current Total:  136.5
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The San Diego State Aztecs have dominated Pac-12 Conference opponents

San Diego State has won 25 consecutive games against teams from the State of California, which includes a 66-60 win as two-point road favorites against the USC Trojans last time out.  The Aztecs are banged up in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign, with Deshawn Stephens and Chase Tapley both listed on the injury report.  “I would say both are iffy to be honest with you,” commented Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher.  San Diego State is 41-18-1 ATS in its last 60 Saturday games.

The Aztecs have lost eight straight meetings with the Bruins, which is their longest active losing streak to a single program.  San Diego State has managed to win its last 10 games against teams currently in the Pac-12 Conference, which is the third-longest streak of its kind nationally.  Junior guard Jamaal Franklin is the offensive leader, averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, as he’s managed to score in double figures in 26 consecutive games.

UCLA will make its 16th appearance in the annual John R. Wooden Classic on Saturday, as it has gone 11-4 when playing in the event, including a 6-3 mark under current head coach Ben Howland.  The Bruins have alternated wins and losses over their last five games, as it picked up a 82-56 win over Cal State Northridge last time out, with the team shooting 53.1 percent from the floor.  UCLA is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against Mountain West Conference foes, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread on Saturday.

The Bruins are led by a pair of freshman offensively, with Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad averaging 17.0 and 16.0 points per game respectively.  UCLA also has one of the best point guards in the country, with Larry Drew II leading the team with 57 assists, which has led to a Pac-12 leading 8.1 assists per game average.  The program has struggled to shoot the ball from the perimeter, which could lead to a low-scoring game at the Honda Center.

Sports bettors will likely back the Aztecs due to their 6-1 ATS mark versus Pac-12 foes, while the Bruins are 7-19 ATS on a neutral court.

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