Friday, November 16 at 11:00 PM ET
Coverage: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins will test the Saint Francis Red Flash in a Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on-campus game.
Saint Francis Red Flash
Jamaal King scored 21 points and Keith Braxton finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Saint Francis beat Morgan State 80-62 last Friday. Braxton was able to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career and he now has 25 double-doubles and he's scored in double figures in 54 of 67 career games. Saint Francis had 42-30 lead at halftime and although a David Syfax's layup with 9:15 to play reduced Morgan State's deficit to 54-52, they never took the lead. Saint Francis made 22 of 33 free-throws, outrebounded Morgan State 39-33 and turned the ball over just seven times.
The Red Flash are averaging 73.5 points per game (2nd in the nation), they grab 41.5 rebounds per game (80th), dish out 9.5 assists per game (331st) and allow 71.0 points per game (175th). Keith Braxton leads Saint Francis with 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, Jamaal King is averaging 17.5 points per game and Myles Thompson adds 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kris Wilkes added 17 points to lead UCLA in a 91-80 come-from-behind win against Long Beach State last Friday. Long Beach State took a 59-58 lead on Deishaun Booker's fifth 3-pointer (his career-best) but the UCLA reserves combined for 28 points that helped them take an 81-64 lead. David Singleton hit two 3-pointers off the bench as part of his 10 points in the game and although Long Beach State pulled to 81-76, UCLA held on. The Bruins struggled with their shooting, 3-point defense and taking care of the ball, so there's plenty of room for improvement.
The Bruins are averaging 93.5 points per game (18th in the nation), they grab 44.5 rebounds per game (39th), dish out 18.0 assists per game (44th) and allow 75.5 points per game (242nd). Kris Wilkes leads UCLA with 22.0 points to go along with 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, Moses Brown is averaging 18.0 points and a team-best 13.5 rebounds and Jaylen Hands adds 16.0 points and a team-best 5.0 assists.
NCAA Basketball Trends:
The Saint Francis Red Flash are:
2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600
1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning percentage above .600
0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning straight up record
The UCLA Bruins are:
8-1 ATS in their last nine home games against a team with a losing road record
6-1 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400
6-2 ATS in their last eight home games
UCLA's ability to go deep into the rotation proved a difference-maker against Long Beach State and it will be a significant challenge for Saint Francis. The Red Flash are ranked 25th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage per KenPom.com metrics while the Bruins rank 22nd in percentage of offensive rebounds allowed.
UCLA outrebouds their opponents by 12.0 rebounds per game, a proficiency owed in no small part to Moses Brown, who has 27 rebounds in his first two career games. The Bruins rank 12th in adjusted tempo according to KenPom.com metrics with 75.5 possessions per 40 minutes and the Red Hawks rank 328th in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com metrics with 109.3 points allowed per 100 possessions.
NCAA Basketball Pick: UCLA 1st half -8.5