Oregon vs UCLA
Time: 9 PM ET, Mar 13, 2014
Spread: UCLA -2
Betting odds courtesy of Bovada
The UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks are both 23-8 on the season, but UCLA has a better Pac-12 record at 12-6 while Oregon is 10-8 in Pac-12 play. The Bruins will face the Ducks in Pac-12 quarterfinal play, and college basketball oddsmakers are favoring UCLA by 2-points in the affair.
UCLA has a high scoring, high octane offense that averages 82 points per game and ranks 5th in the nation in assists (17.3 per game). The Bruins have lost three of its past five contests, though, including a 73-55 loss to Washington State on Saturday (Mar 8) night. Jordan Adams leads the Bruins in scoring with 17.5 points per game, and he’s second on the team in rebounding (5.3 per game). Adams is a good defensive player with great anticipation skills, as well, which has helped him average 2.8 steals per game.
Kyle Anderson is UCLA’s most well-rounded player, averaging 14.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. The 6’9″ sophomore swingman is drawing rave reviews, and he’s improved a lot since his freshman season when he shot just 41.6 percent from the floor (This season he’s over 48 percent). Adams hit 6-of-11 from the floor in the loss to Washington State and he also had 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Oregon, like UCLA, has a high powered offense. The Ducks average 82.5 points per game (8th highest in nation) and are 57th in assists (14.6 per game). Oregon has won eight straight games and hasn’t lost since Feb 8. Joseph Young leads the team in scoring at 18.3 points per game. The 6’2″ junior guard spent his first two seasons playing for Houston, but transferred to Oregon last season. He’s thrived in the Pac-12 and has shot 47 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from three-point range.
The Ducks second leading scorer Mike Moser, was also a transfer student who began his NCAA career at UCLA. After two more seasons at UNLV, Moser transferred to Oregon and he’s using his final year of NCAA eligibility while averaging 13.6 points and eight rebounds per game.
ORE Trends: UNDER 11-4 in last 15 overall; UNDER 11-4 in last 15 vs Pac-12; 3-8-2 ATS in last 13 Thursday games.
UCLA Trends: OVER 20-7 in last 27 neutral site games.