2018 March Madness Betting Preview: UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 12, 2018 in

In the second of four NCAA Play-IN games – the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure will take on the Bruins of UCLA. This game will be played at the University of Dayton Arena. The winner of this game will get a crack at the March Madness Betting favorite Florida Gators in the first round of the East Region. St. Bonaventure is 25-7 on the season and wrapped up a second place finish in the Atlantic Ten Conference.

For the UCLA Bruins – they will look to represent the Pac-12 with a win. Steve Alford and his Bruins started the season in China, and a couple players arrested. They will look to get back to their glory days of the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 – 2018 version is 21-11 on the season and went 11-7 in Pac-12 play, which was a three-way tie for third. The UCLA Bruins are -4 over the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure on Tuesday.

2018 March Madness Betting Preview: UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

UCLA Bruins have the History

The UCLA Bruins lost to Arizona in their second Pac-12 conference game. That was after they were able to beat Stanford by 11. The Bruins also closed the regular season out with a rivalry win over USC. The Bruins are 28th in all of America in scoring with just shy of 82 points per game. Rebounding has been a key for the Bruins with 38.8 per game.

The top offensive threats for UCLA this season have been Aaron Holiday, Kris Wilkes and Thomas Welsh. Holiday leads the team with 20.3 points per game and 5.8 assists per game. Wilkes is second with 13.8 per game, and Welsh with 13. The Bruins are in search of their 106th NCAA tournament win. This will be the 49th time the Bruins are in the Big Dance.

Bonnies are Red Hot

For St. Bonaventure, they are playing in the Big Dance for just the 7th time in school history. St. Bonaventure has 6 tournament wins, which includes a trip to the NCAA Final Four. St. Bonaventure was upset by Davidson in the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament. That loss snapped a 13 game winning streak.

St. Bonaventure doesn't look like a safe March Madness Betting Pick against UCLA.

The Bonnies are scoring 78 points per game and allowing the opponent to score 71 per game. The top scorer for St. Bonaventure this season has been Jaylen Adams with 19.8 per game. Adams is also the top assist man with just shy of 5.5 per game. St. Bonaventure in non-conference play fell to TCU by 4, and Niagara by 2.

Expert March Madness Betting Prediction

The Bonnies are the hotter team right now. Sure, they lost to Davidson, but the 13 game winning streak is impressive. Look for both teams to come out a little sluggish in this game, maybe with some nerves. The Bonnies have played in Dayton, so they will be used to the venue.

In the end, though, talent wins basketball games, and the Bruins are more talented than the Bruins. Aaron Holiday should be the best player on the court for UCLA. Because of him, it sets up a UCLA/Florida battle in the first round. Bet on the UCLA Bruins -4 over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Tuesday.