Liberty at UCLA 12/29/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The Liberty Flames visit Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on Saturday to play the UCLA Bruins. The Flames fell to 10-4 on the season following a 75-66 loss to Austin Peay. Liberty lead Austin Peay 45-40 at the break but Liberty made adjustments and outscored Austin Peay in the second half 35-21 to win by nine.
UCLA dropped to 7-5 as mistakes and inexperience begin to show through the talented team that Steve Alford has assembled. The Bruins lost their last outing 80-66 on Saturday to Ohio State. The loss was UCLA’s third straight. In the loss, Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 18 points and seven boards. Jaylen Harris scored 13 and handed out nine assists.
Scottie James leads Liberty in scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Caleb Homesley is the leader in assists with an average of 3.1 per game. Liberty is shooting 50.2% from the field and 39.6% from 3-point territory.
Kris Wilkes leads the Bruins in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game. Freshman Moses Brown is third in scoring and first in rebounding with averages of 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The leader in assists is Jaylen Hands with an average of 7.4 per game. UCLA is shooting 45.1% from the field and 34.0% from 3-point territory.
UCLA looks good to win this outright, but Liberty will cover. The Flames have covered 5 of the last 6 on Saturday and 6 of the last 8 on the road following a loss straight up. Liberty on the season is 7-4 ATS at home, while UCLA is 4-8 ATS. Final Score Prediction, UCLA Bruins win but fall short against the spread 75-70.