Free Picks - Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins

Joe Catalano

Sunday, February 12, 2017 5:38 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 5:38 PM UTC

Today couldn't be any easier for the UCLA Bruins as they host an Oregon State Beavers squad with just 4 wins on the season. The only thing stopping the Bruins from covering the large 25.5 point spread is garbage time. 

   Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins


Padding The Record

There is absolutely nothing for the Bruins to gain in this game except for a conference win and just padding their record as Oregon State presents little resistance this afternoon. Oregon State has yet to win a single inter-conference game and it doesn't look like they'll pick up a Pac-12 win here.

UCLA is coming off of a huge 82-79 victory over Oregon. This is a game in which I picked Oregon as I knew that the game would go down to the wire and the Ducks were getting the points. In tonight's game, UCLA can somewhat relax as the level of competition takes a dramatic drop.

Look for freshman T.J. Leaf to have a bounce back effort as he's coming off of a subpar 8 point, 5 rebound effort in the victory over the Ducks. Leaf had averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds in the 2 games prior to the Oregon game. This is a very deep Bruins offense that averages 92 points per game. They could afford to have a star such as Leaf have a poor game and still defeat the competition.


Ball Does It All

Another player that I think will be successful at the next level is freshman Lonzo Ball. Ball has great size for a guard at 6 foot 6 and can play many different roles that will benefit the Bruins. For the season, Ball is averaging 15.1 points, 7.6 assists, and 6 rebounds per game. He's a fantastic two-way player that's efficient on the offensive end and make's other players around him better. The ball is shooting 54.1% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc. This is a very unselfish player where shooting is concerned and will provide the Bruins with the best opportunity to score on each offensive play in which he's involved.

There's far too much talent on this Bruins team for Oregon State to deal with. We should see a major blowout and the 25.5 points aren't as ominous as it appears.

 Free NCAAB Pick: UCLA Bruins -25.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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