It’s the Colorado Buffaloes vs. the UCLA Bruins in Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.
The Buffaloes defeated the Washington Huskies 74-68 last night to advance in the Pac-12 Tournament. Now they face the #1 seed UCLA, also ranked #2 in the country. Colorado is the #9 seed and has a grueling task at hand, as UCLA has been dominant all year. Can Colorado pull off an upset, or will UCLA send them packing?
Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins Match Details
Fixture: #9 Colorado @ #2 UCLA
Date and Time: March 9, 2023, 3:00 p.m. EST
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds
Colorado’s Julian Hammond III had a strong game last night against Washington. Hammond III scored 21 points, three rebounds and two assists. The Buffaloes are averaging 70.1 points per game, while they allow their opponents to score 66.3 points per game. The backbone of this Colorado team is Tristan da Silva, who averages 15.9 points per game. He also shoots 50.7 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from the 3-point range. Colorado is a mediocre team who has been inconsistent all year.
For UCLA, what do we need to say? They are really good. This team is 27-4 on the year and is projected as a front-runner to win the National Championship. UCLA plays well on both ends of the court and defends the ball expertly. The Bruins are averaging 74.2 points per game and are led by Jaime Jaquez Jr., who averages 17.5 points per game and is shooting 48.7 percent from the field. He also shoots 32.1 percent from behind the arc. This team is well-rounded and has very few weak areas.
This is a no-brainer here. UCLA is the better team, has been consistent all year, and defensively can shut teams down. The Bruins have beaten Colorado twice this year. One of those games was only a four-point win, but they got the job done. The lines on this game favor UCLA, and I do too.
I think this one could get ugly. It’s tournament play, and with March Madness rapidly approaching, I see UCLA stomping through the Pac-12 Tournament and the NCAA Tourney. Yes, they are that good. Give me UCLA on the ML. For more NCAA Men’s Basketball News, CLICK HERE.