Minnesota vs. UCLA Pick

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#11 Minnesota Golden Gophers
vs.
#6 UCLA Bruins

Date/Time: March 22nd, 9:57 pm ET

Television: truTV

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Point Spread: Minnesota -3

Total: 135

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  • Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game
  • Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games
  • Under is 8-1 in Minnesota’s last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • Under is 9-2 in Minnesota’s last 11 overall
  • Over is 4-1 in Minnesota’s last 5 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game

UCLA Bruins

  • UCLA is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss
  • UCLA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record
  • UCLA is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games
  • UCLA is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 neutral site games
  • UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games
  • UCLA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games

 

The last game of the first full round of the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to tip off just before 10:00 at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center, where the UCLA Bruins will battle it out with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Gophers are the favored team in this game, and we aren’t really all that sure why. Yes, this was a team that had Top 25 SOS and RPI numbers for really the whole season, but in the end, a 20-12 record really isn’t all that special in spite of the fact that the team played in the Big Ten, the toughest conference in America. However, when you look back at those last three games of the season, you see losses against Illinois, Purdue, and Nebraska, and at least two of those three games should have absolutely been won. We know that the athleticism is there for this team to make a deep run in the dance. F Trevor Mbakwe could be the best big man in the land if he really wanted to be, but he is only averaging 10.0 points and 8.7 boards per game this year. G Andre Hollins and G Austin Hollins are the two that really have to carry this team. These men are combining for 24.5 points per game this season, and they’ll likely need more than that on Friday to dispose of the Bruins.

UCLA was a trendy pick to make some noise in the dance before the Pac-12 Semifinals when G Jordan Adams was carried off of the court against the Arizona Wildcats. The youngster broke his foot and is finished for the rest of the season, and that really takes away a lot of what this team brought to the table. Adams was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 15.3 points per game, and the backcourt is now thinned out severely. Head Coach Ben Howland knows that G Shabazz Muhammad is going to need to come to the table with a huge effort to win this game. G Larry Drew II is also quietly one of the better point guards in the country, and he and G Kyle Anderson are averaging nearly a dozen assists per game between them this year. Anderson also is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.6 boards per game, and he is going to have to be huge to pick up the slack for what Adams is leaving behind.

Prediction:

With Adams, the potential was there for this to be a Final Four team in our eyes. Without him, the task will be significantly tougher. However, we think that Muhammad, playing in his first (and potentially last) NCAA Tournament game will come to the table with gusto, as he scores 20+ and leads the Bruins to a victory over Head Coach Tubby Smith’s Golden Gophers. UCLA 76 – Minnesota 64

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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