UCLA Bruins vs Stanford Cardinal prediction and college basketball game preview.
UCLA vs Stanford Broadcast
Date: Saturday, January 23
Game Time: 5:00 ET
Venue: Kaiser Permanente Arena, Santa Cruz, CA
UCLA (12-2) vs Stanford (8-5) Game Preview
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Why UCLA Will Win
The Bruins have found ways to win both by speeding up and by getting into a defensive battle. They like to crank up the offense, be aggressive and get to the free throw line, but they were able to get by Cal in a 61-57 fight a few days ago with a good day from the D.
It’s been a simple formula – hit the threes, keep the ball moving to get the open shots, don’t foul, get fouled, hit the free throws, repeat.
On the flip side, Stanford doesn’t hit enough from the outside, turned it over way too much, and it’s struggling to get the O going over the last few games, but …
Why Stanford Will Win
The Cardinal might not have the offense, but it’s a rested team after its game against USC was postponed – the fresh legs helps the overall style. This is a defensive-oriented team that’s great at creating mistakes off of its pressure, and it wants to keep the score low if possible.
UCLA doesn’t have enough of an inside presence to matter – it doesn’t block a lot of shots – and it’s not able to force enough mistakes on the outside to come up with easy points. However …
What’s Going To Happen
Stanford will want to grind this down, but can it keep up when UCLA goes on a run?
This is a balanced Bruin team with six players averaging double-digit scoring, Stanford is a bit short-handed, and most of all, the firepower isn’t there from the Cardinal O to come back in the second half.
UCLA vs Stanford Prediction, Line
UCLA 78, Stanford 69
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UCLA -4.5, o/u: 138
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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