Having a week to stew on their first Pac-12 setback of the season, the No. 23 UCLA Bruins will look to get right on Saturday when welcoming the Oregon State Beavers to Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (12-3, 8-1 Pac-12) had their unbeaten streak in conference snapped last Saturday when league-leading score Oscar Da Silva lifted put up a buzzer-beating layup to lift Stanford over UCLA in a 73-72 overtime upset. In the tight loss, the Bruins were outrebounded by a conference foe for the first time this season.
Led by Jaime Jacquez and Tyger Campbell in the scoring department, the Bruins are doing more than enough on the offensive end, averaging 75.6 points a game in conference play while shooting a league best 47.6 percent from the field. They are ranked 12th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency per KenPom, good for tops in the Pac-12.
Oregon State (8-6, 4-4) has had a rollercoaster ride through Pac-12 play so far as they followed up back-to-back losses with a three-game winning streak before falling at USC 75-62 on Thursday. The Beavers couldn’t find their touch offensively by shooting just over 35 percent from the field and were hammered on the boards by the Trojans 48-30.
Averaging 16.4 points per game, senior guard Ethan Thompson has led a Beaver offense that have shown an ability to put up at least 70 points when needed. However, OSU has been vulnerable on the other end, ranking 175th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, good for 10th in the Pac-12.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Oregon State vs. UCLA on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network, or you can watch via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports 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: Oregon State vs. UCLA -11.5
Point total: 135
Money line: Oregon State +550, UCLA -835
- UCLA is 6-2 against the spread as a home favorite this season. Oregon State is 1-2 ATS on the road overall.
- Oregon State is 2-1 ATS with a rest disadvantage .
- 10 of UCLA’s 15 games have hit the over.
The Best Bet
UCLA has had a week to ruminate on the Stanford loss, and they’re hosting one of the worst teams in the league in terms of defensive efficiency. Expect the Bruins to get active on the scoreboard early and keep their distance from the Beavers for the duration of the contest.
Pick: UCLA -11.5
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