College Basketball Pick Against the Spread (January 24, 2013)
The UCLA Bruins will look to get back on track in the Pac-12 on Thursday night when they hit the road to play the No. 6 ranked Arizona Wildcats. The Bruins had a big chance to make a statement in the last outing but fell flat to the Oregon Ducks. The loss to the Ducks sent the Bruins out of the Top 25 and snapped a ten game winning streak. A win against the Wildcats would most likely vault them right back into the Top 25.
The college basketball odds for the UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats game opened with the Wildcats listed as (-9) point favorites over the Bruins. That number has dipped down to (-8.5) at several sportsbooks has the early action is on the Bruins. Wanna Bet On College Basketball? Click here for a $900 free play
Sixth-ranked Arizona goes in 16-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference; UCLA is 15-4 and 4-1 which makes this a very big game as the winner will challenge the Ducks for the title. This big game has not been lost on Arizona who realizes what is at stake.
“Big game’’ was mentioned at least four times at Arizona’s weekly media gathering on Tuesday.
“It’s our chance to show everybody the quality of our conference,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “Hopefully our performance can back that up … “It is a big game, no question.’’
Shabazz Muhammad will make his first appearance in this rivalry and will look to steal, the show from Arizona’s Mark Lyons who has emerged as one of the most talented point guards in the country.
The Bruins are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and the home team has won and covered in four of the last five meetings. The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and the Wildcats pull away late for the big win in front of a sold out rowdy crowd.
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