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UNC Asheville vs. UCLA CashBet Wagering Analysis

First place in the Pac-12 regular season race went to the UCLA Bruins.  UCLA breezed to the league title with ease over the Arizona Wildcats.  However, in the Pac-12 Tournament, Arizona got revenge with a win over the Bruins in the championship game.  UCLA was a favorite of gamblers this season for its reliable March Madness betting value.  But the loss against their top challenger reminded them that nothing could be assumed or taken for granted.  Now comes the true campaign for the Bruins.  At UCLA, it’s Final Four or bust.

CBB Betting:  UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins Information

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2022
Time: 10:05 p.m. ET
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV Coverage: TRU

UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Odds

Bulldogs +17½ ( -110 ) 136 ( -110 ) +1205
Bruins -17½ ( -110 ) 136 ( -110 ) -2365
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UNC Asheville vs. UCLA CashBet Wagering Analysis

UCLA is the much bigger brand and name in this matchup.  Although UNC Asheville provided good sportsbook odds value this year, they lack the blue blood cache of UCLA.

UNC Asheville Powers Out of Big South  

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs are 24-7 straight up, 16-12-1 against the spread, and 16-13 over/under the total.  Overall, UNC Asheville has national rankings of 102nd for scoring offense, 21st for field goal percentage, 6th for 3-point field goal percentage, 289th for free throw percentage, and 175th for offensive rebounding.  In turn, on defense, the Bulldogs have national rankings of 140th for scoring defense, 79th for field goal percentage permitted, 10th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 158th for defensive rebounding.

UNC Asheville won the Big South championship.  The Bulldogs got the 2023 March Madness Betting cash in five of their previous seven games.  Also, UNC Asheville went under the total in two of its last three games.  Drew Pember leads the Bulldogs with 21.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.

Bruins Seen as Final Four Threat

Overall, the UCLA Bruins are 27-4 straight up, 18-12-1 against the spread, and 15-16 over/under the total.  UCLA has national rankings of 119th for scoring offense, 84th for field goal percentage, 149th for 3-point field goal percentage, 176th for free throw percentage, and 120th for offensive rebounding.  While on defense, UCLA has national rankings of 7th for scoring defense, 31st for field goal percentage permitted, 45th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 50th for defensive rebounding.

UCLA got the bet on NCAA basketball cash in four of its final five games.  The Bruins went under the total in three of their final five tilts.  Jaime Jaquez leads UCLA with 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest.

Courtney Ramey had missed all four of his previous 3-point attempts against UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game.  But the ball returned to his hands at the most critical moment.  And then Ramey shook a defender and calmly drilled one from the top of the key with 16.7 seconds left to put Arizona in front.  The eighth-ranked Wildcats hung on from there.  Arizona beat No. 2 UCLA 61-59 in the Pac-12 championship game.

Ramey’s 3-pointer put the Wildcats ahead 60-58.  In turn, the clutch shot came after teammate Azuolas Tubelis missed a three rebounded by Pelle Larsson, who got the ball to Ramey.

UCLA guard Tyger Campbell was fouled with 6.8 seconds left.  Campbell made the first free throw but missed the second. Tubelis hit one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds to go.  While UCLA’s Dylan Andrews missed a three at the buzzer to ensure Arizona’s victory.

Indeed, the Wildcats boosted their case for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  UCLA still hoped to land the No. 1 seed in the West and return to Las Vegas in two weeks for the regional.  But this loss to Arizona blew that dream up.  Arizona beat UCLA in the Pac-12 title game for the second year in a row.  Furthermore, Arizona second-year coach Tommy Lloyd is 9-0 in this city, 8-0 at T-Mobile Arena and 6-0 in the Pac-12 Tournament.

UNC Ashezille vs. UCLA CashBet Free Pick   

In this situation, UCLA is overpriced against a tough but underrated opponent.  UN C Asheville offers more 2023 March Madness Betting value.

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