The best Pac-12 game of the season tips off tonight in the hallowed basketball ground of Westwood, CA as the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats take on the No. 7 UCLA Bruins in what should be a late-night treat for hoops heads across the country.
Arizona (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) is the favorite on the road tonight, but the status of forward Azuolas Tubelis (15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists) is up in the air. He’ll be a game time decision with an ankle sprain suffered in their 96-71 win over Cal on Sunday. The Cats run fast and far, having the second-most possessions per game in Division I, while holding opponents to the second-worst eFG at at miniscule 41.8%.
UCLA (13-2, 5-1) looks to get back to the Final Four behind another outstanding season from Johnny Juzang (18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds). Of all the two-loss teams in the country, the Bruins have two of the best in Gonzaga and at Oregon. While they play with a bit more pace than last year’s group, they still defend at a very high level. And the Bruins don’t beat themselves, turning it over on just 14% of possessions.
When: Tuesday, January 24, 11:00 p.m. ET
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Where to live stream online: TBD
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Arizona -2.5
If Tubelis is a go, we’ll lay the 2.5 points as well, but barring that this could turn into a battle of pace. UCLA will not want to get in a track meet, and should be able to take enough air out of the ball to play through Juzang in the half court enough to keep this under.
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