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UCLA has been throwing down strong results throughout the regular season leaning on their high powered offense to stand 16-1 overall and 3-1 in the Pac 12. UCLA’s one defeat this year came on a buzzer beater in Eugene, where the Bruins fell to the Oregon Ducks in a game they had been controlling down the stretch in a very tough atmosphere. UCLA has been elite on the offensive side of the ball ranking 3rd in the nation in scoring average putting up 92.8 points per contest. In their last outing UCLA outpaced Stanford at home picking up the win by a final of 89-75. UCLA is loaded with offensive talent and this unit has an impressive 6 players averaging in double figures. Newcomer TJ Leaf leads the attack averaging 17.4 points per game.
Colorado hasn’t been living up to their expectations so far this season standing 10-6 overall and the Buffaloes have opened conference play 0-3. Colorado hasn’t been as consistent on the offensive end as most were expecting coming into the year as this group ranks 170th in the nation in scoring average compared to 112th in total defense. Colorado was competitive on the road in their last outing losing to Arizona by a final of 82-73. This will be Colorado’s first conference home game of the year and in their last home contest Colorado got past Eastern Washington by a final of 76-68. Colorado is led by Derrick White who’s averaging 15.8 points per game.
UCLA has been showing consistently impressive results both at home and on the road this season and this should be another good test for what has been the best team in the Pac 12. Colorado hasn’t been living up to expectations and this offense hasn’t been nearly as potent as their talent would suggest they could be. We like UCLA to come through today as they go on to win and cover the spread.
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