UCLA vs Kentucky Sweet 16 Betting Pick, Spread & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 22, 2017 in

Second-seeded Kentucky gets a chance at revenge when they take on third-seeded UCLA in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. UCLA won at Kentucky back on December 3, 97-92, and the Bruins eliminated Cincinnati in the second round, 79-67 to make it to Memphis. The Wildcats withstood a ferocious comeback from Wichita State to prevail, 65-62. Here’s a closer look at the college basketball spread for the game.

UCLA vs Kentucky Sweet 16 Betting Pick, Spread & TV Info

When: Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:39pm ET
Where: FedExForum, Memphis
Radio: Kentucky / UCLA
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: UCLA (-1), O/U 168.5

Why should you bet on the Bruins?

UCLA was able to break through Cincinnati’s defense after halftime, turning a three-point deficit into a 12-point victory as they put up 49 poitns after the intermission. UCLA shots 50 percent on the night, including 11 for 28 from behind the arc. Lonzo Ball led the way with 18 points, but five Bruins found double figures in the win. UCLA is #1 in the nation in offense, scoring 90.2 points per contest, and they are also tops in assists per game with 21.6. They do permit a lot of points (75.2), which could give Kentucky an opening, but UCLA has also been able to put on the clinches when they’ve had to, while Kentucky is still a defensive work in progress.

Why should you put your money on the Wildcats?

Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk each had a huge block in the last minute to hold off Wichita State, but they need a better defensive effort from start to finish if they hope to eliminate UCLA. Monk and De’Aaron Fox led the Wildcats with 14 points apiece, while Adebayo put up 13 points and 10 rebounds. On the night, the Wildcats shot below their average (41.8%) and went 7 for 18 from downtown. If you like Kentucky, you see them elevating their defense to a point where UCLA won’t be able to run right over them.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Kentucky is an exciting young team, but I don’t see them stopping UCLA’s high-octane offense enough for their own scoring to take the game. I predict a final score of Bruins 94, Wildcats 89.