UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats
Date/Time: March 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. EST
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Pac 12 tournament is a major conference in college athletics, but it rarely gets the credit that it deserves in the college basketball world. That could change today when the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats tip off in the Pac 12 Conference tournament. The Bruins have a chance to guarantee their entry into the NCAA Tournament with a victory. Their opponent, the No. 4 ranked Wildcats are already assured an invite and could easily cut down the nets in April as the national champions.
The Bruins and the Wildcats are the two top seeds in the Pac 12 tournament so it only makes sense that they meet for the championship. Arizona notched its 30th win Friday and advanced to the championship game for the third time in the last four years after limiting Colorado to five second-half field goals. The Wildcats’ defense has been the story of the tournament after holding both Utah and Colorado under 30 percent shooting, but they will get a true challenge today when they face the hot shooting Bruins. The Wildcats also enter this game with revenge.
The Bruins knocked out the Wildcats a year ago in this conference tournament. UCLA is 14-7 against Arizona since the start of the 2005-06 season and they would love to repeat the feat and send the Wildcats home.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that both teams have positive wagering trends heading into this game. The Bruins are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
In the most recent meeting during the regular season in Los Angeles Arizona held on for a 79-75 win despite committing a season-high 17 turnovers. From a betting standpoint the Bruins are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Arizona is just too tough in this spot and they will win big and carry momentum into the big dance.
Free Pick: Arizona Wildcats
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