NCAA Basketball Predictions - Long Beach State 49ers vs UCLA Bruins

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 4:27 PM GMT

SBR college basketball consultant Ross Benjamin breaks down Sunday night’s game between Long Beach State and UCLA. Read this betting preview article which culminates with Ross’ college basketball prediction on this contest.

 

Long Beach State 49ers vs UCLA Bruins  

The #16 UCLA Bruins (3-0) will host the Long Beach 49ers (1-3) on Sunday night. The scheduled opening tip time at Pauley Pavilion is set for 10:00 PM ET. The current (9:00 AM ET) college basketball betting odds at BetOnline.com lists UCLA as a 16.0-point favorite, and there’s a total of 167.0. UCLA defeated Long Beach State last season by a score of 83-76 but failed to cover as an 11.0-point favorite. That contest went over the total of 154.0.

 

Brutal Early Schedule for 49ers

Long Beach State opened their season with a 96-59 home win over Division II CS-Los Angeles. That was a beginning of an 8-game in a 15-day stretch to start the season. The 49ers will be playing their 4th road game in 8 days on Sunday. They’ve gone 0-3 SU&ATS on the road trip thus far and lost by an average of 28.3 points per game. In their defense, those previous 3 games have come against Wichita State, #5 North Carolina, and #12 Louisville. The 49ers will look to shake off the offensive doldrums that have plagued them in those losses. During that 3-game stretch, Long Beach State averaged just 59.3 points scored per contest, shot an atrocious 32.4% from the field, and had an unrelated -12.3 rebound per game differential.

 

Offensive Juggernaut

UCLA isn’t only off to a perfect 3-0 start, but they’ve scored 103.0 points per game, shot a sizzling hot 54.3% from the field, and converted on a superb 41.2% of their 3-point attempts. Granted the level of competition (Pacific, CS-Northridge, San Diego) they’ve faced so far leaves a lot to be desired. Nevertheless, the Bruins did what they were supposed to do, and that’s dominating inferior opposition. UCLA enters today with 5 players averaging 14.0 points or more per game, including leading scorers Bryce Alford and T.J. Leaf who each have gone for 20.0 points per contest.

 

Final Take and Pick

There’s no sense in getting cute when handicapping this game. UCLA has the too much offensive firepower for a 49ers team to contend with, and especially of their recent horrible shooting performances. This is a mismatch on many fronts, and I’m willing to lay the big number for one of my college basketball picks.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: UCLA -16.0

Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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