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How To Bet On UCLA Arizona – Major Pac-12 Clash Looms In Tucson

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/22/2013 8:00:16 PM

While Oregon has raced out to the lead in the Pac-12 title chase, UCLA and Arizona meet in the first of two pivotal matchups that will put one team firmly in the driver’s seat to challenge the Ducks.

UCLA Bruins @ Arizona Wildcats – Thursday, January 24   
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Why UCLA Will Win

No bet on college basketball is automatic, and Arizona should not be seen as an easy choice at home in Tucson. UCLA is an offensively potent team that creates a lot of problems for the opposition with a multitude of weapons. It all starts with Shabazz Muhammad, who may be the top pick in next year’s NBA draft. The crafty wing scorer has the ability to attack the basket and shoot from the perimeter, where he hits nearly 46 percent of his threes. Inside, the Wear twins, Travis and David, present the challenge of experienced collegiate big men who could present problems for Arizona's low-post performers, who have been very inconsistent the majority of the season. With Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams thrown in as scorers at the guard position and Larry Drew representing one of the best passing point guards in the game, UCLA is tough to account for.

Arizona is susceptible to the three-point shot on defense, and if UCLA can get its shooters going early, it could set the stage for a big night. UCLA likes to play up-tempo but in Tucson, games can get away from teams when they try to run and gun with the Wildcats. A key for the Bruins is to make sure they are settling for good shots and not keying Wildcat runs. Football betting gurus would tell you that UCLA has all the firepower needed to steal this win on the road.

Why Arizona Will Win

Even mma betting experts could look at a basketball stat sheet and see that Arizona is one of the better offensive teams in college basketball, while UCLA has struggled defensively all season. The Bruins often find themselves in high scoring shootouts that can get beyond the high 70s. With Arizona’s halfcourt defense, UCLA can’t afford to let Arizona go on runs during the game because often times it is difficult to stop the bleeding. Arizona also has been very good from three-point range on the season, leading the Pac-12 as a team at over 38 percent. While Mark Lyons is the go-to player in crunch time and the team’s best scorer, Solomon Hill may be the key for the Wildcats. His three-point shooting and ability to run the offense when Lyons struggles is paramount for the Wildcats' success.

The Wildcats have relied on three freshmen bigs, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski, to play heavy minutes in the frontcourt. As a trio they have to rebound well against a UCLA front line that gave Arizona trouble last season. The Wildcats' turnovers (nearly 14 per game) also have been an issue at times and could lead to fast break opportunities for the Bruins. Whoever forces more mistakes gains a huge edge in this game, but at home, Arizona should be able to win the turnover battle and create a lot more havoc than the Bruins will at the defensive end of the floor.

Who Will Win

Last year the home team won each of the matchups in this series, and this game carries a lot of weight for both teams. In a close contests this season, Arizona has shown its merits against the likes of Florida and San Diego State. At home with the more experienced team, the Wildcats should pick up a big win.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Arizona



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