USC vs #6 UCLA - Picks Of The Day, Feb 18th

UCLA Bruins players

Joe Catalano

Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:25 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 8:25 PM GMT

Winners of 4 straight games,including a big win over a ranked Oregon squad, the UCLA Bruins will be coming into their matchup with USC with a lot of momentum. That said, they'll also have revenge on their minds as the Trojans defeated the Bruins earlier in the season. UCLA is a significant 10 point betting favorite. Will the Trojans be up for the test?

USC vs #6 UCLA 

 

The Trojans Are For Real

Ar one point in their season, I would refer to the USC Trojans as possessing a hollow record as they were undefeated and unable to crack the AP TOP 25. While the Trojans have endured a few losses, they're now battle-tested, winning 5 out of their last 6 games; one of these victories was against UCLA. You can bet that the Bruins will be looking for revenge as these two schools are located right next to eachother geographically and are arch rivals.

"Turning a New Leaf"

For the Bruins, they've had a lot of success lately, but this is a team that relies heavily on the play of freshman T.J. Leaf. Leaf is averaging 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds per game and is outstanding on the defensive end. He's also shot a sizzling 62.8% from the field while shooting 45.8% from beyond the arc. With all of that said, Leaf has played poorly as of late, shooting averaging 10.5 rebounds in his last 2 games and having a real poor 4 of 12 shooting performance against Oregon. Look for Leaf to bounce back tonight as the implications of this game are huge where the conference is concerned and UCLA can ill-afford to be beaten by USC twice.

For the season, UCLA is averaging an impressive 91.9 points and 21.7 assists per game. Look for the Bruins to make a statement in this game as they carry a far superior roster to that of USC and this is a team that has the potential to win it all.

Free NCAAB Pick: UCLA Bruins -10Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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