Look 'Under' With Washington-UCLA NCAA Basketball Picks Wednesday Night

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 12:39 PM UTC

The UCLA Bruins are struggling in the middle of the Pac-12 standings as they prepare to host the Washington Huskies on Wednesday's college basketball betting card.

<p>It's a pretty strong Hump Day college basketball schedule with three of the top 4 teams in the country in action. Down south we have No. 1 trying to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/ncaa-tournament-futures-odds-kentucky-leads-pack-but-who-else-worthy-your-picks/54390/" target="_blank" title="We look at teams who might actually top Kentucky in the NCAA Tourney">advance its unbeaten string to 28 games</a>, at the same time back east No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 Duke take on some of the bottom of the barrel teams in the ACC.</p> <p>Meanwhile out west, the UCLA Bruins are mired in a 2-game skid which leaves head coach Steve Alford looking for ways to get his squad back into the picture as the regular season slate winds down. The Bruins were <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/ncaa-basketball-picks-pac-12-futures-odds/50724/" title="Revisit our Pac-12 Projections">picked as the runner-ups on the NCAA basketball futures odds behind Arizona</a> to win the Pac-12, yet are currently stuck in the middle of the conference pack.</p> <p>If there's good news for Alford and the Bruins, it's that they are home in Westwood and taking on a Washington Huskies that is in even deeper doo-doo than UCLA. ESPN2 will televise the matchup starting at 11 PM (ET), and the Bruins are laying 10 points on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ncaa-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Follow live NCAA Basketball Odds">college basketball odds board</a>.</p> <p>For the second consecutive season, the rivals are only meeting once during the regular season. The Bruins have won the last four, that streak following a 4-game UW string of dubyas. UCLA owns a decided 95-40 edge in the series, and has covered five of the last six get-togethers.</p> <p>It was two seasons ago the last time they played at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA getting the 59-57 win while Husky backers took home the cash with a +7 line. Three of the last four in LA have never made it to the totals.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Huskies Spending Weekend In Tinseltown</strong><br /> Washington (15-11 straight up, 11-14 against the spread) shot from the gate 11-0, an opening run that included wins over a couple of ranked teams at the time, San Diego State and Oklahoma. Suddenly, a team that was something of a long shot on the Pac-12 futures odds at 12/1 was No. 13 in the country, and life was good for Lorenzo Romar's bunch.</p> <p>Then came a loss at home to Stony Brook giving up 13½ in Seattle before three defeats to begin the conference schedule. That 11-0 start was then completely wiped out in a 7-game losing skid, which also pretty much wiped out the wallets belonging to U-Dub bettors.</p> <p>Washington did finally end the tailspin with an 87-84 rivalry win as a small road 'dog at Washington State last Sunday, and will stay in Los Angeles this weekend for a Saturday scrap against USC.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bruins Home Through End Of Conference Slate</strong><br /> It has night-&amp;-day for UCLA (16-12 SU, ATS) in the Home/Away columns. The Bruins did get spanked pretty handily at home by Gonzaga, but that's the only setback they've suffered in 14 games at Pauley so far (10-4 ATS). Three wins in 14 tries away from LA show up, however, including four neutral site affairs, just four of those spread-beaters.</p> <p>Only three games remain on the slate for Alford to get his team in shape for the Pac-12 tourney in Nevada two weeks from now, and the best news is all three will be at home.</p> <p>There is an interesting conflict of trends for college basketball totals bettors to think about once that number comes out; the 'over' is strong in recent Pac-12 action for Washington (7-1 O/U) while the 'under' has been a very good winner the past couple of seasons for UCLA in conference games.</p> <p>Expecting a total in the low-to-mid 140s, I'll ride the Bruins side of those trends with a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/ncaa-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks">free NCAA Basketball pick</a> on the final score never reaching the mark.</p> <p><strong>My Free Pick:</strong> Washington-UCLA Under</p> <p><strong>Season:</strong> 53-46-2 (+2.4)</p> <p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":, "sportsbooksIds":[19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139], "LineTypeId":5, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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