UCLA vs. Washington State: Talented Offenses Make 'Over' The NCAA Basketball Pick

Jake Walker

Saturday, January 2, 2016 9:55 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 9:55 PM UTC

The No. 25 UCLA Bruins (9-5) visit the Washington State Cougars (8-5) at Friel Court in Pullman. UCLA is a 4-point favorite on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total has been set at 148.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 148 

Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


UCLA Bruins
UCLA looks to bounce back after a tough 96-93 double overtime road loss at Washington. Five players scored in double figures for Washington, including reserve Malik Dime, who finished with 15 points and Bryce Alford finished with 30 points for UCLA despite missing his first 11 shots.

The Bruins average 80.0 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting and they allow 75.9 points per game, with their opponents shoot 40.6 percent from the floor. UCLA has five players that average double figures in scoring, led by Bryce Alford with 17.4 points to go along with 5.1 assists. Isaac Hamilton is second on the team with 15.3 points per game, Tony Parker averages 13.6 points and a team-best 10.2 rebounds, Thomas Welsh adds 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and Aaron Holiday is averaging 10.1 points per game.    


Washington State Cougars
Washington State is coming off a 90-77 home loss against USC. The Trojans led from the opening basket and played with much more energy and tempo. Josh Hawkinson finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars.

Offensively, Washington State averages 75.6 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting and they allow 70.3 points per game, limiting opponents to 42.5 percent shooting. Josh Hawkinson leads the Cougars with 16.7 points and 10.8 rebounds, Ike Iroegbu averages 13.7 points and 4.1 assists and Que Johnson adds 10.4 points per game. 


Betting Trends
UCLA is 1-1 ATS in away games, 1-3 ATS after a SU loss and 3-6 ATS after an ATS loss. The 'Over' is 4-2 in UCLA's last six games.

Washington State is 5-3 ATS in home games, 4-0 ATS after a SU loss and 2-1 ATS after an ATS loss. The 'Over' is 5-3 in Washington State's last eight games. 


Final Analysis
NCAA Basketball odds makers favor UCLA by 4 points and the total is at 148. Both teams are winless in conference play and they suffered tough losses in their latest games, so we can expect them to play a fast paced style of basketball to try to establish an early lead against their opponent. Both offenses have plenty of talented players who can put up a lot of points and both defenses are struggling lately, so 'Over' 148 is the best play for our NCAA Basketball picks.

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