UCLA at Colorado Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Juan Carlos on Wednesday,January 11, 2017 10:22, EST in

UCLA might be the No. 4 team in the country, easily the highest ranking for a Pac-12 team, but the Bruins are just third in their own conference. They look to avoid an upset when they visit Colorado and play in the altitude of Boulder on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at the college basketball betting prediction for the game.

UCLA at Colorado Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, Jan. 12, 11 PM ET
Where: Coors Events Center, Boulder
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: UCLA / Colorado
Opening NCAA Basketball Lines: UCLA favored by TBA

Why Bet On UCLA?

The Bruins (16-1, 3-1) are off an 89-75 win over Stanford on Sunday. The last time UCLA played Stanford, the Bruins were stuck on 15 victories — in late February of last year. They lost to Stanford for just the fourth time in the last 22 meetings, part of a five-game skid to end the proud program’s fourth losing season in the last 68 years.

UCLA needs to look no further than the 36 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists combined on Sunday for UCLA freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf to see how far the program has come in 10 months. UCLA had a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game and a 23-point lead early in the second half. Bryce Alford had 11 of his 17 points in the first half, including a trio of three-pointers. The Cardinal shot 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from the 3-point line on the night.

“We had some growth,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “It’s like I told them in the locker room, we are 16-1, and you can see an awful lot of growth ahead of us. We still have some things to work on and get better and that’s a positive. If we were 16-1 and can’t do things any better, we can plateau out. I still think the ceiling for this team is very high, and that’s exciting.”

The Bruins have opened their regular-season schedule with 16 wins in their first 17 games for the first time since 2007-08. UCLA’s 2007-08 team opened the year 16-1, while the Bruins’ 2006-07 squad began its season with 18 wins in its first 19 games. UCLA will play its first game at Colorado since the 2014-15 school year. Since Colorado joined the Pac-12 Conference prior to the 2011-12 season, UCLA has posted a 6-1 record against the Buffaloes, including a 2-1 mark against Colorado at the Coors Events Center.

Why Bet On Colorado?

The Buffaloes cut a 20-point second-half deficit down to five Saturday but could never completely close the gap and fell, 82-73, to No. 17 Arizona. The Buffs, who dropped their third straight to fall to 10-6 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play, ended up with more field goals (27-24), more 3-pointers (9-8) and more rebounds (38-32) than the hosts. But the Wildcats ended up with a 33-14 edge in free throw attempts and outscored the Buffs 26-10 from the stripe.

“I applaud our guys’ fight and effort,” Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said. “We cut it to five (but) we couldn’t get over the hump. The difference in the game was free throws. They could get to the free throw line, we couldn’t get to the free throw line.”

Xavier Johnson led the Buffs with 26 points and six rebounds, George King had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double and Wesley Gordon added 16 points and nine rebounds. Now the Buffs need to replicate the effort and tenacity they showed in the second half at Arizona for an entire game.

Johnson, who returned to the lineup this year after missing last season rehabilitating an Achilles tendon tear, is one of two players Boyle named as Buffs who have “separated themselves a little bit from the pack in terms of their consistency and their production.” He had a season-high 26 points against Arizona, following up on a 13-point effort at ASU in a game that saw him play just 15 minutes after being ejected late in the first half. He’s shooting 50 percent from the field for the season (79-for- 158) and is averaging 14.7 points per game, second on the team.

It is the inside part of his game that may well prove to be what the Buffs need most as they continue their Pac-12 schedule. At 6-foot- 7, 225 pounds, Johnson has the ability to post up in the paint and the quickness to get by bigger, slower defenders.

UCLA at Colorado Betting Pick: UCLA Bruins

UCLA will avoid the upset in NCAA Basketball betting.