UCLA (29-4) vs. Kent State (22-13) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: UCLA vs. Kent State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 17
Game Time: 9:57 ET
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
All You Really Need To Know About Kent State
(MAC) RPI: 142, 14 seed
Just okay in the regular season, the Golden Flashes won nine of their last ten games including a shocker over Akron to take the MAC tournament title. But how? It’s one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the nation, it can’t pass the ball, and the turn the ball over a bit too much.
Fortunately, the interior presence gets it done, owning the boards and doing a nice job blocking shots and owning the paint. With Jimmy Hall inside and Jayin Walker from everywhere else – he scored 30 for the title – they have a little scoring pop.
All You Really Need To Know About UCLA
(Pac-12) RPI: 13, 3 seed
It’s a team built to go very, very far – as long as Lonzo Ball’s thumb is okay after banging it up against Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament. He’s not everything for the balanced offense with six players averaging in double figures, but he’s helped make the Bruins the best passing team in the country.
Bryce Alford bombs away for an attack averages ten threes a game, while the rebounding comes from everywhere – the Bruins are great at getting the open shot. The defense is lacking at times, but coming up with blocked shots isn’t a problem.
What’s Going To Happen
The Bruins are good enough to win the national title, but they need to find the right energy, the right chemistry, and all the Lonzo Ball sideshow stuff can’t be a distraction.
Fortunately for UCLA, this is a bad matchup for the Golden Flashes. They can’t shoot well enough from the outside to loosen anything up, and while they’ll crash the glass, they won’t do it well enough against a good Bruin front. UCLA shoots way too well and should perk up after the bad performance against Arizona.
Fearless Prediction & Line
UCLA 85, Kent State 60
Line: UCLA -17.5, o/u: 161.5
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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