The Arizona Wildcats will be looking to bounce back from their latest loss when they take on a UCLA Bruins team that is looking to extend its modest winning streak. Now, let’s find out where the value for this Thursday night Pac-12 pairing lies.
UCLA vs Arizona College Hoops Odds & Final Score Prediction
UCLA (16-7) vs No. 13 Arizona (19-5)
When: Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 8:00 PM ET
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
Stream: Watch ESPN
UCLA has won three straight after dropping their three previous games and comes into this Thursday night Pac-12 matchup off a narrow 82-79 win over USC on Saturday as slight 1-point home favorites. Thomas Welsh scored five of his 21 points in the final 51 seconds to lift the Bruins to victory over Southern Cal on Saturday to snap the Trojans’ season-high six-game winning streak. Welsh hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, lifting the Bruins to an 82-79 victory on Saturday and snapping the Trojans’ six-game winning streak.
"That’s special when you have a seven-footer who can make threes," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.
No. 9 Arizona had its seven-game winning streak snapped in its 78-75 road loss to Washington on Saturday while failing to cover the chalk as a 7-point road fave. Dominic Green collected a loose ball in the final seconds and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Washington to victory 78-75 victory. Arizona had won 16 of 17 and eight straight against Washington. Arizona coach Sean Miller was unhappy with the defensive effort.
"Their offense was too good for our defense and I would just sum it up like that," Miller said.
UCLA averages a fantastic 82.9 points per game to rank 20th nationally in scoring, even though they give up 75.8 points per game defensively (268th). Arizona averages an impressive 82.2 points per game (32nd) while limiting the opposition to just 71.8 points per game defensively (162nd).
For this Thursday night matchup, I like the inconsistent Arizona Wildcats to hold it down at home despite the fact that they’ve been wildly inconsistent this season and look nothing like the elite national title contender that many pegged them to be this season.
Both of these teams can score the rock, but Arizona is the better defensive team and playing at home – and that will be the difference in this one!
Final Score Prediction: Arizona 82 UCLA 79