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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Cincinnati8-25-581.6060.60213-20-14-63-21-0
UCLA7-23-684.7875.449.342-30-15-43-21-0
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
CINCY16.9013.801.22
UCLA15.5613.001.2
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
CINCY13.1028.6041.7
UCLA11.3331.1142.44
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
CINCY46.8936.1110.78
UCLA47.6441.576.07
Team Records

Cincinnati Bearcats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall8-28-00-24-44-20-281.6060.6021.00
Last 108-28-00-24-44-20-281.6060.6021.00
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00

UCLA Bruins

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall7-26-11-13-62-51-184.7875.449.34
Last 107-26-11-13-62-51-184.7875.449.34
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Supergrid
TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense81.605475.44197
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense68.0015675.86224
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed31.0021937.43216
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense84.783160.6011
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense88.863377.50160
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed44.711638.50194
Head To Head Summary
TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Cincinnati0-20-21-184.0040.0044.2041.0017/502.50
UCLA2-02-01-192.0033.5047.0636.0019/645.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Mar 19, 2017CINCY67UCLA79-4UCLA153.5UUCLACINCYUCLA333044.85032307/2011/2825
Mar 17, 2002CINCY101UCLA1059UCLA139OUCLACINCYCINCY473743.845.1504210/308/3636

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Cincinnati Bearcats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 12, 2017MISST65-50W-13137.5W/U40.7487.507H
Dec 9, 2017FLA60-66L-1.5148L/U42.5962.504A
Dec 2, 2017XAVIR76-89L2.5147L/O42.0362.508A
Nov 27, 2017ALAST83-51W-42.549.1573.086H
Nov 22, 2017WYOM78-53W-12.5143.5W/U50.0064.297H

UCLA Bruins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 9, 2017MICH69-78L6.5145.5L/O43.8671.434A
Dec 3, 2017DETRT106-73W-21.5177.5W/O52.7879.1711H
Nov 29, 2017CSBAK75-66W-14.545.7667.862H
Nov 26, 2017UCI87-63W-14152W/U43.0865.005H
Nov 21, 2017WISCN72-70W2.5147.5W/U54.0069.239A

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

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