UCLA vs. Arizona: Prediction, Pick, Odds, Spread, Basketball Game Line, Whistleblower Time, Live Stream
A Pac-12 heavyweight clash is scheduled for Tuesday night as No. 7 UCLA hosts No. 3 Arizona for the first of two meetings and the start of what could once again become a big rivalry. Third-year UCLA coach Mick Cronin quickly restored the prestige of college basketball’s all-time leader in national championships, but should have a formidable conference opponent in the Wildcats in years to come .
First-year coach Tommy Lloyd is in the conversation for National Coach of the Year awards because of the work he has done with the Wildcats. Gonzaga’s longtime former assistant successfully implemented the Zags’ offensive philosophy in Arizona and ranked the Wildcats second nationally in points per game at 88.7 behind Gonzaga. Arizona beats its league foes by an average of 22.2 points per game.
If anyone in the league can slow the Wildcats down, it’s a UCLA team that’s allowing just 66.1 points per game. The Bruins haven’t allowed anyone to reach 80 points in regulation time this season, and their offense is led by one of the hottest players in the country. Junior wing Johnny Juzang is averaging 24.5 points on 56.9 percent shooting over his last four games and should be able to go blow-for-blow with star Arizona winger Bennedict Mathurin.
How to watch UCLA vs. Arizona live
Dated: Tuesday, January 25 | Time: 11 p.m. ET
Site: Pauley Pavilion — Los Angeles
TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Prediction UCLA vs. Arizona, picks
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Arizona faces a quick turnaround with just a day off between a win at Cal on Sunday and that top-10 road showdown that will help shape the Pac-12 race. But it will take more than scheduling inconvenience to slow this prolific offensive. Fans are back at Pauley Pavilion after COVID-19 restrictions have kept the gym quiet since Dec. 1, and the energy they bring should help UCLA. But the Wildcats should be able to beat the Bruins and win a thriller. Prediction: Arizona 81, UCLA 76
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