Cincinnati vs. UCLA Pick
Will No. 25 Cincinnati struggle on the road when it travels out west to face UCLA today at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Cincinnati is favored on the road today, as the Bearcats are getting odds of -3 points against UCLA. The over/under total for the game has been set at 148.5 points. Today’s game takes place from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California and will air live on CBS.
Cincinnati is coming off a 65-50 win at home over Mississippi State to improve to 8-2 on the season. The Bearcats are 0-1 on the road, losing by 13 to Xavier. At the betting window, Cincy is 4-4 against the spread, failing to cover in three of its last four games. Cincinnati is averaging 81.6 points per game on offense while allowing just 60.6 per game. Jacob Evans is putting up 14.2 points per game to lead Cincinnati while Gary Clark is adding 12.8 points and 9 rebounds per game.
UCLA is coming off a 78-69 OT loss at Michigan last weekend to fall to 7-2 on the season. The Bruins have had both of their losses come away from home. UCLA is just 3-6 against the spread this season. UCLA is averaging 84.8 points per game on offense while allowing 75.4 per game. Aaron Holiday is leading the team with 17.7 points and 5.7 assists per game while Thomas Welsh is adding 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest.
UCLA has won and covered in its last two meetings with Cincinnati and I like the Bruins to win again today. Cincinnati is good defensive team, but that defense didn’t show up in its only other true road game against Xavier. Now the Bearcats are heading to the West Coast to face a respectable UCLA team that hasn’t lost at home this season. The public betting is strong with Cincinnati, but I think the road woes get to the Bearcats today.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: UCLA +3