Free College Basketball Picks Today: Utah Utes vs University of California Los Angeles Bruins 2/23/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: Utah Utes vs University of California Los Angeles Bruins 2/23/23
Thu 23rd February 2023

Expect a low-scoring game when the Utah Runnin’ Utes (17-11, 10-7 Pac-12) play host to the No. 4 UCLA Bruins (23-4, 14-2 Pac-12) on Thursday. UCLA outplayed the California Golden Bears 78-43 at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, their sixth win in a row.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. was a top performer with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 Conference. Utah fell short on Saturday at Desert Financial Arena, falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils 67-59.

Marco Anthony had 12 points and seven rebounds in defeat, leading the team. The Runnin’ Utes are fifth in the Pac-12 Conference. This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams.

After winning the only previous season matchup against Utah 68-49 at Pauley Pavilion on January 12, their sixth straight head-to-head victory, UCLA will be aiming for a season sweep. Tyger Campbell led the Bruins with 17 points, while Adem Bona was a key contributor with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Rollie Worster had 12 points in the loss. The Bruins have been led this season by Jaquez Jr., who is averaging 16.8 points per game. Jaquez Jr. also has grabbed 8.1 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Campbell is dishing 4.8 assists.

Branden Carlson’s 15.8 points per game have powered the Runnin’ Utes on offense. Carlson also has collected 7.1 rebounds per game. Worster has doled out 5.1 assists per game.

The Bruins and the Runnin’ Utes are holding opponents to 59.4 and 62.9 points per game, respectively, ranking seventh and 26th in the nation in scoring defense.

UCLA is 8-2 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +10.6 (68.7-58.1). For the season, the Bruins are averaging 74.1 points per game, compared to 59.4 for opponents. Utah has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 66.5 points per game on average while allowing 64.8 (+1.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Amari Bailey: 17.0 | 11.6 | +5.4
Tyger Campbell: 13.0 | 19.3 | -6.3
Points per game:
Tyger Campbell: 6.0 | 12.2 | -6.2
Rebounds per game:
Jaime Jaquez Jr.: 11.2 | 8.1 | +3.1
Jaylen Clark: 4.2 | 6.1 | -1.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Lazar Stefanovic: 22.6 | 16.4 | +6.2
Gabe Madsen: 0.0 | 13.3 | -13.3
Points per game:
Lazar Stefanovic: 14.0 | 10.5 | +3.5
Gabe Madsen: 0.0 | 9.6 | -9.6
Assists per game:
Lazar Stefanovic: 4.0 | 2.6 | +1.4

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

UCLA -7.5 (-105)

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