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How and what to watch for No. 24 UCLA vs. Stanford

UCLA is on fire with a perfect record in Pac-12 play so far. Can they remain perfect on the road at Stanford?

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UCLA Bruins guard Tyger Campbell and head coach Mick Cronin watch in the second half against the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 24 UCLA Bruins are cruising late into the month of January, sporting a perfect 8-0 record in Pac-12 action. They’ll look to stay unbeaten in conference play on Saturday when visiting Santa Cruz to meet the Stanford Cardinal.

This will be the second game in the Bay Area in three days for UCLA (12-2, 8-0 Pac-12) edged Cal 61-57 on Thursday in a game where they overcame 14 turnovers to pull out the close road victory. Sporting the ninth ranked offense in terms of adjusted efficiency per KenPom, the Bruins have outpaced their league opponents, averaging 76 points a game in Pac-12 play while holding foes to just 66 points a game on the other end.

Sophomore guard Jaime Jaquez has led the way for Mick Cronin’s streaking squad with 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a game while fellow sophomore guard Tyger Campbell has been an effective distrubutor. The Cedar Rapids, IA, native is leading the conference with 6.4 assists per game.

Stanford (8-5, 4-3 Pac-12) is looking for a reversal of fortunes as a three-game winning streaking has given way to a two-game skid. The Cardinal’s trip to the Mountain Time Zone last week was not kind to them as they suffered back-to-back double-digit losses to Utah (79-65) and Colorado (77-64).

Led by Pac-12 leading scorer Oscar Da Silva (19.3 ppg), the Cardinal fortunes go wherever their shooting takes them. All of their victories this season have come in games where they’ve shot at least 41 percent from the field and all of their losses have come in games where they’ve shot under that mark.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch UCLA vs. Stanford on Saturday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UCLA -4.5
Point Total: 138.5
Money line: UCLA -205, Stanford +165

  • UCLA are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games, and the total has gone over in four of UCLA’s last five.
  • Stanford is 7-3 to the number in their last 10, and have played in five-straight overs

The Best Bet

POINTS! POINTS FOR EVERYONE! RIGHT??

Nope. UCLA’s 9th adjusted offense, runs into Stanford’s 12th best adjusted defense. This is good-on-good, bad-on-bad on both sides of the floor. And that means fade what seems a lock total. Root against OT here and take your cash.

Pick: Under 138.5

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