NCAA Basketball Betting - Long Beach State vs. UCLA

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Joe Catalano

Sunday, November 20, 2016 5:48 PM GMT

We should see a ton of offense in this game as the betting total is an unusually high 167. Most of these points are expected from the UCLA Bruins, who have scored 100 or more points in 2 out of their first 3 games this season. Can Long Beach State stop such a powerful offense? The answer likely is no as UCLA is filled with talent.

 

  Long Beach State 49'ers (1-3) vs. #16 UCLA Bruins (3-0)

 

Offensive Powerhouse

Freshman forward, T.J. Leaf appears to have it all and the Bruins can only hope that he will play for more than 1 season as he's a game changer and a player that can take the Bruins deep into the NCAA Tournament.

In his first 3 games at the college level, Leaf is averaging 20 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. He can play both ends of the court and creates trouble for the opposition as he clogs up the middle. Look for Leaf to play well as he's coming off of a 26 point, 10 rebound effort in a win over San Diego.

While the Bruins have young talent in Leaf, they possess the experience in senior guard Bryce Alford. For the season, Alford is averaging 20 points per game and 50% from beyond the arc. Expect Alford to look for his shot often as UCLA controls the tempo on this game. They're an excellent rebounding team at 43 rebounds per game and controlling the boards and converting on the offensive end equals success.

From a Long Beach State perspective, I give them credit in difficulty of schedule as they're coming off of losses to Louisville and North Carolina. The only issue that I have with this is that these games were massive blowouts and the 49'ers aren't ready to compete with teams such as this and now, they'll be competing against another AP Top 25 team in the Bruins. Junior transfer Gabe Levin (13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds) will look to keep the 49'ers afloat, but they're lacking in talent and the Bruins should have no problems picking up an easy victory so my NCAA basketball pick lays with them.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: UCLA Bruins -15.5Best Line Offered:  at Pinnacle

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