The UCLA Bruins have had an offensive attack that has been very hard for the opponent to stop, much less slow down. But the Cincinnati Bearcats are going to have to try to do both of those things as a prerequisite to getting to the Sweet 16. Or at least that's the way it seems. These teams will get together at 9:40 PM on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, and BetAnySports patrons will have the opportunity to place wagers on it, while it is happening, using the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Cincinnati, which lost in the American Athletic Conference title game, is 30-5 straight-up and 17-14 against the basketball pointspread. They have covered five of their last six games. UCLA is 30-4 straight-up and, after missing against the basketball pointspread in its last four outings, are 16-18 ATS.
Interestingly enough, both of these teams were equally as hot from the field in their opening-round game. In fact, both of them shot slightly below 63%, as UCLA eliminated Kent State, while Cincinnati got by Kansas State. But there is obviously no argument as to which team is more explosive offensively. The Bruins lead the nation, scoring over 90 points per game, while Cincinnati is fifth best in "scoring defense," allowing just 60.8 per contest.
In the NCAA Tournament betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, UCLA is the favorite:
UCLA Bruins -4
Cincinnati Bearcats +4
Over 153.5 points -110
Under 153.5 points -110
Obviously part of UCLA's arsenal is the three-pointer, and you can expect that any given time they will have four players on the floor who can hit 40% or better. Cincinnati happens to be the fourth-best team in the nation when defending at the arc, but the Bruins can score from anywhere on the floor. That happens because they have a lot of size to throw out there. TJ Leaf is a 6-10 freshman forward who can stroke it on the perimeter and also do some work inside, and he's joined by seven-footer Thomas Welch. Not that the Bruins throw a lot of "muscle" at their opponents, but they do indeed have length, so to speak.
And, as BetAnySports patrons probably know, they have the player who might go #1 in the NBA draft. Point guard Lonzo Ball can fill up the stat sheet (14.6, points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists per game), and if you don't believe how good he is, just listen to his father, who is making comparisons to Michael Jordan already. Of course, he is not Superman, and he has been banged up lately, suffering injuries to both Islam and hit.
This is a real clash between tempos, if you will. UCLA likes to go swiftly, ranking 13th in the nation in Adjusted Tempo, according to the analytics site KenPom.com, while Cincinnati is 327th. So part of the formula for victory for the Bearcats will be slowing down UCLA in transition. Not a lot of teams have done that against the Bruins, although they did shoot just 41% combined in the Pac 12 tournament against USC and Arizona.
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