UCLA and Cincinnati Vie for Sweet 16 Spot
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins will on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center. A spot in the South Regional Sweet Sixteen will be on the line. Both teams had relatively easy wins in their opening round matchups in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are vying for their third Sweet 16 bid in the past four years, while the Bearcats haven’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2012.
Oddsmakers opened the Bruins as -3-point favorites versus the Bearcats, while the game’s total opened at 153. The line has inched up to UCLA -3.5 and the total is at 153.5 at most sportsbooks.
UCLA was a 97-80 winner in its first round matchup against the Kent State Golden Flashes. They failed to cover the -19-point spread as favorites. TJ Leaf had 23 points and six rebounds for UCLA. Thomas Welsh had 16 points and eight rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 15 points with four rebounds and three assists. Aaron Holiday had 15 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.
Cincinnati won its first round matchup with a 75-61 route against the Kansas State Wildcats on March 17. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite. Troy Caupain had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats. Kyle Washington scored 16 points. Gary Clark had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Betting Trends and Stats
Team record: 30-5 SU,18-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
Team record: 30-4 SU,16-18 ATS
The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The Bruins are 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA’s last 11 games
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