NCAA Basketball Picks: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins
Saturday, 12/28/13, 10:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  UCLA -9
Current Betting Line:  UCLA -9
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The UCLA Bruins are seventh in the country in averaging 86.4 ppg
The UCLA Bruins are seventh in the country in averaging 86.4 ppg

Alabama will travel west to Pauley Pavilion to take on a Pac-12 Conference opponent, as it faces off with UCLA on the hardwood for the fourth time overall and first time since 2006.  The Crimson Tide are dangerous road underdogs when you consider their six losses have been by a combined total of 31 points, which is hard to ignore when looking over the NCAA basketball betting lines page.  The program has compiled a 42-13 SU record when it scores at least 70 points in a game under head coach Anthony Grant.  Alabama is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games.

The Crimson Tide have four starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Trevor Releford leading the way at 17.0 points a contest.  He’s the school’s all-time steals leader, while his 1,469 points are 17th in the record books in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama is known for getting after it defensively, as it has ranked among the top 20 in the country in points allowed per game the last three seasons, including an 18th place finish during the 2012-13 campaign.

UCLA has opened its season with 10 wins in its first 12 games, but its important to point out that the program opened up with a perfect 8-0 mark.  The Bruins are seventh in major college basketball in averaging 86.4 points per game, while they possess the second-best mark in the Pac-12 in logging a 1.77 assist to turnover ratio, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks.  UCLA is 0-6 ATS in its last six games versus Southeastern Conference opponents.

The Bruins are led offensively by the play of sophomore guard Jordan Adams, who is averaging 18.9 points per game and has scored at least 20 points in seven of 12 contests.  No player in the country is averaging as close to a triple-double as UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, as he’s one of the more versatile players in the country.  The program was picked to finish second in the conference behind top-ranked Arizona during the preseason.

Sports bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to their 5-2 ATS mark on the road versus teams with a home winning percentage of .600 or higher.

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