TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
#753 UCLA (-1′) over Utah at 8 PM EST
Checking in with a little steam off a pair of home wins over Arizona and Arizona State, UCLA travels to Salt Lake City for the first of three road games at Utah, Colorado and Oregon. Off three consecutive straight up road losses, the Utes are the weakest link in that trifecta of battles and you can bet your last buck the Bruins head coach Mick Cronin will has his kids focused on winning this contest.
Yes, UCLA is just 1-8 ATS in its last nine Pac-12 wars. That fact is noted. However, the price on this matchup is cheap (Bruins -1 at press time). Considering UCLA has posted a powerful 23-6 SU mark in its last 29 conference games, Coach Cronin’s boys should have enough to get over the hump. As a guest priced as an underdog or a favorite of -4 or less, the Bruins have performed very well inking a rewarding 54-27-1 ATS record provided their opponent arrives off a straight up loss. In this setting fighting a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .450, UCLA improves to a lucrative 45-14-1 ATS provided it takes the floor off a conference game. With those two parameters live and the Bruins arriving off the comforts of a home game, this team trend jumps to a reliable 26-5-1 ATS.
It’s never easy when you’re trying to beat Utah inside the Jon M. Hunstsman Center. The Utes own one of the toughest homecourts in all of college basketball. However, Pac-12 hosts that arrive off a straight up road loss hold a dismal 55-83-5 ATS record provided they are battling a conference foe that checks in off a home war. If our “play against” home team is priced as an underdog or a short favorite of -3.5 or less, this Pac-12 angle falls to a woeful 30-54-1 ATS including a nasty 22-45-1 ATS if our home team takes the floor without confidence off two or more straight up losses. That’s going to be an issue for head coach Larry Krystkowiak and his kids.
Offensively, the Utes are averaging only 69.5 points per game this season. That’s significant to note especially when you consider that Bruins are 29-2 SU over the past two years when limiting opponents to fewer than 70 points. Coach Cronin’s “D” does it again. Take UCLA. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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