Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball Game On Sunday December 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM EST.
The (8-4) UCLA Bruins of the PAC-Twelve will make the trip from Southern California to the Heart of Dixie to take on the (8-3) Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference in 2014 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at the on campus Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This Sports Handicapper believe UCLA lost too much firepower, and if the get into the 2015 NCAA March Madness tournament, they will be an early exit. The Alabama Crimson Tide will give coach Anthony Grant one more season to take the program to the next level. The betting line has Alabama as a four-point home favorite Against The Spread, the total is not available for Sunday’s game.
The 2014-15 UCLA Bruins lost three players to the 2014 NBA draft, and it was crucial to the success of this year’s team. That’s tough even for a storied program like UCLA. UCLA has lost two in a row, both by double-digits including an 83-44 blowout at he hands of Kentucky. The betting odds over is 7-2 UCLA last nine away from Pauley Pavilion in Westwood. The betting odds under is 8-1 their last nine on Sunday’s. UCLA is 3-7, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under five their last ten NCAA Basketball Betting ATS Picks this season. Freshman Kevon Looney is the Bruins most talented player and should get even better each time the team steps on the court. UCLA averaged nearly 80 points per game last season which was top in the league. Head coach Steve Alford has to earn his paycheck this season with the early departures. The key to a UCLA win Sunday is to be patient on offense, Alabama will play in your face defense.
The 2014-15 Alabama Crimson Tide has a top 25 recruiting class this season that includes guard Justin Coleman. Forward Shannon Hale is a solid post player. Alabama has won three of four including a one-point loss at nationally ranked Wichita State. The betting odds over is 6-2 Alabama last eight out of Conference. The Alabama Crimson Tide is 3-5-1 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total five times in the nine. The key to the Crimson Tide win is to play smothering defense, something they do good. The crowd will be subtle as most of the student body is on Christmas break. A home win Against UCLA could be huge for the “TIDE” going into SEC play.
Free Pick: Alabama-4.