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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Sweet Sixteen Preview, Odds and Picks

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Sweet Sixteen

Still, do many college basketball fans consider UCLA a blue blood traditional power.  From 1964 through 1975, the Bruins won ten national championships.  The late coach John Wooden remains a revered figure.  However, the Bruins have just one national title since those dynasty years (1995).   This fact has other fans and gamblers thinking of UCLA as a March Madness betting relic.  Alabama is new money when it comes to college basketball.  This football powerhouse decided to make hoops a priority two years ago.  That is when they hired Nate Oats as coach.  Now Bama is a national power.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Information

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV Coverage: TBS

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds

UCLA +6½ (-110) 145½ (-110) +220
Alabama -6½ (-110) 145½ (-110) -260
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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins CashBet Wagering Analysis

On the whole, the sportsbook handle will split between these two teams.  Much of that is based on the aforementioned status of the two programs.  Despite today’s realities, UCLA is still considered a basketball power.  Alabama remains a football school in the eyes of casual fans and gamblers.  Nuts and bolts gamblers see UCLA as a live dog.  While other fans see the Crimson Tide offense as a juggernaut.  Wiseguys will split just like the squares will.  Live betting is going to be a massive draw for these reasons.  Gamblers will want to get a feel for a difficult matchup.

March Madness Profits Bruin for UCLA

Late on, UCLA has covered four of their last five games.  Three of their previous five went under the 2021 March Madness Betting total.  In the opening round was a 73-62 payout over BYU.  Next was a 67-47 win over Abilene Christian for easy money.  UCLA is 20-9 straight up, 15-14 against the spread, and 16-13 over the total.  UCLA ranks 143rd out of 350 teams for scoring offense and 108th for points allowed.

Sophomore guard Johnny Juzang has been the spark for UCLA.  To illustrate, Juzang is averaging 15.1 points per game.  He scored 27 points against BYU.

Tide Rolls the Payout Window

Alabama is 26-6 straight up, 18-13-1 against the spread, and 15-17 under the total.  Late on, the Crimson Tide has covered five of their last seven bet on NCAA basketball matchups.  Six of their last nine games went under the total.  First-round action saw Bama beat Iona 68-55 as 17-point overlays.  And then the Crimson Tide paid in a 96-77 win over Maryland.  National metrics show Alabama 31st for scoring offense and 185th for points allowed.

Sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford leads Bama was 14.3 points per game.  Last time out, he scored 21 points in the win over Maryland.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins Against the Spread

Alabama is 15-12-1 against the spread as a favorite. However, in non-conference games, the Crimson Tide is 3-6-1 on the board.  And in neutral court games, Alabama is 3-4-1 vs. the odds.

Specifically, as chalk, Alabama is 13-15 under the total.  Alabama is 4-6 to the under in non-conference games.  On neutral courts, the Crimson Tide is 3-5 under the total.

UCLA has covered four of their last seven games as a dog.  While in non-conference games, the Bruins are 7-2 on the board.  In neutral court games. UCLA is 4-2 vs. the spread.

As a dog, UCLA is 3-4 under the total.  But in neutral site games, the Bruins are 4-2 over the total.  And in non-conference games, UCLA is 4-5 to the under.

Overall, the Crimson Tide has gotten the cash three straight times against UCLA.  These teams have failed to clear the total in their last four meetings.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCLA Bruins CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, a new outlook is required for 2021 March Madness betting.  Alabama is the deeper and more talented team.  So too, is the Crimson Tide offense a dynamic force.

Alabama vs. UCLA CashBet Best Bet: 

Alabama Crimson Tide


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