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NCAAB Pick UAB Blazers vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds

In a South Region 3rd round game the 14th seed 20-15 UAB Blazers face the 11th seed 21-13 UCLA Bruins. Tip-off time is 12:10pm at the the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: UCLA -7
Over/Under Total Line: OFF
Moneyline: OFF

In their opening NCAA Tournament games UCLA beat SMU 60-59 and UAB beat Iowa State 60-59.

UAB is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and UCLA is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.

UCLA is 5-1 in their last 6 games with their only loss coming to Arizona in the Pac 12 Tournament.

After losing their last 2 games of the regular season UAB has won 4 straight winning the Conference USA Tournament and scoring a HUGE upset in their last game talking out 3rd seed Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament.

Below are some key handicapping stats for this match-up with an against the spread pick from one of our professional sports handicappers.

SU and ATS Records

UAB Blazers: 20-15 SU / 19-13 ATS
UCLA Bruins: 21-13 SU / 18-16 ATS

Betting Trends

• UAB is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• UAB is 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
• UAB has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
• UCLA is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• UCLA is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• UCLA has an Under record of 12-4 in their last 16 games.

Sagarin Rankings

UAB Blazers: 74.97
UCLA Bruins: 82.87

Injury Reports

UAB

NONE

UCLA

(!)[F] 03/18/2015 – Kevon Looney probable Thursday vs. SMU ( Facial )
[G] 11/15/2014 – Jonah Bolden out for season ( Eligibility )
[F] 12/28/2014 – Wanaah Bail out for season ( Academics )

*This preview was written by our staff writer and is not the preview of expert handicapper Rich Crew (The Pick is by Rich)*

NCAAB Pick

These two teams played earlier this with the Bruins getting the easy 12 point win 88-76 coasting through the second half after taking a 16 point lead into the break. UAB is coming off an upset of well-regarded Iowa State, but the question in my mind is was it the Blazers defense that shut down the Cyclones top player Georges Niang or did he just have a bad game? Even if you could attribute the shutting down of Niang to the UAB defense UCLA is a different animal with balanced scoring. Five players on the Bruins have averages in the double digits, so it’s not like you can concentrate on shutting down one player and have a lot of success. I was hoping for a line from the oddsmakers in the 5 range here, but I think that there is still value at 7.

Take the UCLA Bruins -7

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