UCLA Hosts 25th-Ranked Cincinnati

UCLA Bruins

UCLA Looking for Marquee Win

The 25th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins battle on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is at 4 pm on CBS.

Oddsmakers opened the Bearcats as -2-point favorites versus the Bruins, while the game’s total opened at 148.5. The total has held steady, but the line is now Cincinnati as a 4-point favorite.

These teams met nine months ago in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA won, 79-67. The Bruins forced the Bearcats out of their comfort zone with an uptempo style of play. They also avoided turnovers with only three committed all game.

UCLA also had Lonzo Ball at point guard for that contest. They also lost forward T.J. Leaf and guard Isaac Hamilton. Plus they lost key reserve big man Ike Anigbogu.

Cincinnati lost guards Kevin Johnson and Troy Caupain from last season’s starting lineup.

UCLA Looking for Leadership

UCLA was a 78-69 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Michigan Wolverines. They failed to cover the +6.5-point spread as underdogs.

The Bruins blew a 15-point second-half lead in the loss to Michigan.

Michigan forced 20 UCLA turnovers.  The Bruins need to cut that immensely against one of the most aggressive defenses in the nation at Cincinnati.

The search for its identity without prominent members of the 2016-17 roster shaped the first month of the season. The suspensions of freshmen Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball compounded concerns.

Cincinnati Defense Could Give UCLA Big Problems

Cincinnati was a 65-50 winner in its last match at home against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. They covered the -13-point spread as favorites.

The Bearcats are playing defense like they have been taught throughout coach Mick Cronin’s tenure. Cincinnati ranks No. 4 in adjusted defensive efficiency per KenPom.com metrics, and No. 32 in turnover creation.

The Bearcats climbed up the polls after a perfect start. They peaked at No. 11. Back-to-back losses to  Xavier on Dec. 2 and Florida on Dec. 9 sent Cincinnati tumbling. They rebounded nicely in the win against Mississippi State.

Cincinnati leans as heavily on its starters. The Bearcats have found a cornerstone in swingman Jacobs Evans. He comes into Saturday’s game off performances of 23 points Dec. 2 vs. Xavier, and 24 points in the win over Mississippi State.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Cincinnati 8-2 5-5 81.60 60.60 21 3-2 0-1 4-6 3-2 1-0
UCLA 7-2 3-6 84.78 75.44 9.34 2-3 0-1 5-4 3-2 1-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
CINCY 16.90 13.80 1.22
UCLA 15.56 13.00 1.2
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
CINCY 13.10 28.60 41.7
UCLA 11.33 31.11 42.44
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
CINCY 46.89 36.11 10.78
UCLA 47.64 41.57 6.07
Team Records

Cincinnati Bearcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 8-2 8-0 0-2 4-4 4-2 0-2 81.60 60.60 21.00
Last 10 8-2 8-0 0-2 4-4 4-2 0-2 81.60 60.60 21.00
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

UCLA Bruins

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-2 6-1 1-1 3-6 2-5 1-1 84.78 75.44 9.34
Last 10 7-2 6-1 1-1 3-6 2-5 1-1 84.78 75.44 9.34
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Supergrid
Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 81.60 54 75.44 197
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 68.00 156 75.86 224
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 31.00 219 37.43 216
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 84.78 31 60.60 11
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 88.86 33 77.50 160
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 44.71 16 38.50 194
Head To Head Summary
Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Cincinnati 0-2 0-2 1-1 84.00 40.00 44.20 41.00 17/50 2.50
UCLA 2-0 2-0 1-1 92.00 33.50 47.06 36.00 19/64 5.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Mar 19, 2017 CINCY 67 UCLA 79 -4 UCLA 153.5 U UCLA CINCY UCLA 33 30 44.8 50 32 30 7/20 11/28 2 5
Mar 17, 2002 CINCY 101 UCLA 105 9 UCLA 139 O UCLA CINCY CINCY 47 37 43.8 45.1 50 42 10/30 8/36 3 6

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Cincinnati Bearcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 12, 2017 MISST 65-50 W -13 137.5 W/U 40.74 87.50 7 H
Dec 9, 2017 FLA 60-66 L -1.5 148 L/U 42.59 62.50 4 A
Dec 2, 2017 XAVIR 76-89 L 2.5 147 L/O 42.03 62.50 8 A
Nov 27, 2017 ALAST 83-51 W -42.5 49.15 73.08 6 H
Nov 22, 2017 WYOM 78-53 W -12.5 143.5 W/U 50.00 64.29 7 H

UCLA Bruins

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 9, 2017 MICH 69-78 L 6.5 145.5 L/O 43.86 71.43 4 A
Dec 3, 2017 DETRT 106-73 W -21.5 177.5 W/O 52.78 79.17 11 H
Nov 29, 2017 CSBAK 75-66 W -14.5 45.76 67.86 2 H
Nov 26, 2017 UCI 87-63 W -14 152 W/U 43.08 65.00 5 H
Nov 21, 2017 WISCN 72-70 W 2.5 147.5 W/U 54.00 69.23 9 A

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday, December 19
UCLA home to South Dakota Tuesday, December 19

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