Cincinnati Bearcats vs. UCLA Bruins, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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CINCINNATI BEARCATS UCLA BRUINS
30-5 March 19, 9:40 PM | Golden 1 Center 30-4
Cincinnati vs UCLA, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:40 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Sunday, March 19th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
731 –Cincinnati Bearcats +3½ -107 +165 Ov 153½ -110
732 –UCLA Bruins -3½ -113 -190 Un 153½ -110
 

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Golden 1 Center.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (30-5): The Bearcats are the only No. 6 seed to survive to the second round, and they’ll need a strong defensive effort and big offensive games from at least three of their starters if they hope to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Evans, a 6-6 sophomore guard, should be ready to break out after being held to nine points against Kansas State and 10 in a loss to SMU in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship last weekend. Kyle Washington, the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.1, and Gary Clark at 10.1, should have a big impact in this matchup as they’ll hold down the front court against a longer UCLA team.

ABOUT UCLA (30-4): None of the current UCLA players likely remember when the Bruins knocked off the top-seeded Bearcats in double-overtime to reach the Sweet Sixteen in 2002, but the Bruins probably learned a lot about it during their off day. Like that day when Dan Gadzuric dominated the middle, Jason Kapono was sharp from outside and freshman point guard Cedric Bozeman ran the offense smoothly and efficiently, UCLA will need 6-10 freshman T.J. Leaf to be the best post player on both teams, Bryce Alford to shoot a high percentage from outside and Ball to distribute the ball well. A player the Bearcats may have trouble matching against is 7-foot forward Thomas Welch, who should find room to implement his dangerous mid-range game.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bruins listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Bearcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 153½.

The top-scoring team in the country will take on one of the toughest to score against when third-seeded UCLA meets sixth-seeded Cincinnati in an East Region second round game Sunday evening at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. The Bruins average a nation-leading 90.6 points a game following their 97-80 first round win Friday against Kent State, and the Bearcats are fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense (60.8) following their 75-61 win against Kansas State in the opening round.

Cincinnati also flashed its offensive capabilities in its win against Kansas State, shooting 62 percent from the field and owning a 34-22 advantage in the paint. That skill and determination on both ends of the floor could make them a legitimate threat against UCLA, which has shown flaws in its defense during the season, especially when guarding man-to-man. The Bruins will depend on freshman point guard Lonzo Ball to break through the Cincinnati defense, but his movement will be something to watch after he took a hard fall against Kent State after getting undercut while leaping for a pass in the post. UCLA has four players who average more than Cincinnati leading scorer Jacob Evans (13.5), but all the Bearcats’ starters are capable of huge games, most recently senior guard Troy Caupain, who scored a season-high 23 points with seven rebounds in the win against Kansas State.

UCLA was a 97-80 winner in its last match at home against Golden Flashes. They failed to cover the -19-point spread as favorites.

Cincinnati won its last outing, a 75-61 result against Wildcats on March 17. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite.

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Cincinnati:
Team record: 30-5 SU,18-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games

UCLA:
Team record: 30-4 SU,16-18 ATS
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA’s last 11 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. The Bruins will be trying for their third Sweet Sixteen appearance in the last four years.

2. UCLA averages a nation-leading 21.5 assists, the highest average of any Division I team since Kentucky averaged 21.8 during the 1995-96 season.

3. Cincinnati has held 28 of its 35 opponents under 70 points this season, while UCLA has not been held under 74 points.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: UCLA Bruins will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will stay under 153½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: UCLA 74, Cincinnati 70 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
CINCY TEAM UCLA
74.5 PTS FOR 90.6
60.8 PTS AGNST 75.5
13.7 DIFF. 15.1
24.8 DEF REBOUNDS 29.4
12.2 OFF REBOUNDS 9.6
45.8 FG% 52.2
68.4 FT% 74.3
7.3 3 POINTERS 9.8
7.4 STEALS 6.0
BETTING TRENDS
CINCINNATI
No trends to report
UCLA
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA’s last 11 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs UCLA’s Overall Defense 74.5 147 75.5 258
Cincinnati’s Away Scoring vs UCLA’s Home Defense 61.2 337 73.5 264
Cincinnati’s Road Rebounds vs UCLA’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.5 58 36.2 252
UCLA’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 90.6 1 60.8 5
UCLA’s Home Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Road Defense 92.2 3 58.5 3
UCLA’s Home Rebounds vs Cincinnati’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.2 35 35.5 157
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CINCINNATI
No trends to report
UCLA
UCLA is the highest scoring team in the league at 90.6 points per game.
UCLA leads the league in field goal percentage with 52.2.

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