Back UCLA As They Host Bottom Feeder On Wednesday Night

Mark Lathrop

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

UCLA hasn't lost this season, and our college basketball handicapper thinks that trend will continue on Wednesday night. Will they cover the spread? That's a different story.

2015-16 NCAAB Record: 10-3, +6.70 Units 

I’m frankly surprised this game has a line out on it, but Wednesday night the 2nd ranked 10-0 UCLA Bruins host the 1-6 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a game that can be seen on the Pac-12 network. The Bruins have opened up as 29-point favorites in this game, while the O/U total has been listed at 164 at BookMaker.

UCSB is not good this season. They are 321st in field goal percentage at 40.1%, 351st in 3-point percentage at 25.9%, and 348th in the country in points per game at 66.42. UCSB has two players that average in double digits per game scoring, led by 6’ 3” junior guard, Gabe Vincent. Vincent averages 17.3 points per game on 38% shooting from the floor. Junior 6’ 9” forward, Jalen Canty, is second on UCSB with 11.3 points per game on a more efficient 61.5% shooting from the floor.

While UCSB only has one win to their name this year, a 75-51 drubbing of Division III Sonoma State, they do have a bit of size in their front court with 3 players logging significant minutes that are over 6’ 8”. They’ll only be outsized by 3-4” on average at every position.

UCLA is very good this season. They are 1st in field goal percentage at 56.2%, 1st in 3-point percentage at 47.1%, 4th in points scored 88.63 per game, and let’s just add in 45th in the country in rebounds. They’ve put up these numbers with games against stiff competition as well, sporting an impressive 97-92 win over then number 1 ranked Kentucky and another on the road at Michigan.

UCLA has six players averaging in double-digits so far this season, led by 6’ 5” senior guard, Isaac Hamilton, averaging 17.7 points per game, and 6’ 10” freshman forward, TJ Leaf, averaging 17.6 points per game. The Bruins employ a roughly 6-man rotation, but it has been working well so far this year. They have size in 7’ center Thomas Welsh, and speed in 6’ 6” freshman guard Lonzo Ball, with Ball averaging 8.8 assists per game. The UCLA offense has been unstoppable so far this year, averaging 103.8 points per game at home.

Not only do we have SU records in favor of UCLA, but the ATS records strongly favor them as well. UCSB is 0-5 ATS this season, while UCLA is 8-2 ATS. The one thing that UCSB has going for them is that they haven’t lost by 30 points this year… yet. This is, unfortunately, the night for that, and I will be taking UCLA -28.5 points at 5Dimes as one of my Wednesday NCAAB picks.

Free NCAA Basketball Picks: UCLA -28.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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