The Long Beach State 49ers and UCLA Bruins will finally try to get this game in after it was postponed earlier in the month. The game was pushed back because of Covid-19, naturally, so they will attempt another go of it on Tuesday night at UCLA. Long Beach State doesn’t have to travel too far to get to Pauley Pavilion.
With zero fans in attendance, it shouldn’t feel like too much of a road a game on Monday night. Home court advantage is so critical when it comes to college basketball, but the Covid-19 pandemic has taken the sails out of that aspect. The atmosphere at a college basketball game is all part of the experience of the sport. We will have to wait for the pandemic to draw to a conclusion before we’re getting back to packed crowds.
Remember how weird it was at first when there were no fans at any sporting events? It’s almost going to feel a bit weird when we get back to normalcy and fans are seated at events again. UCLA has been playing good basketball without fans at home. The Bruins go into Tuesday with a perfect 5-0 record at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA opened the season with a 73-58 loss against the San Diego State Aztecs. Their offense has been sharp overall this season, but against the one elite defense they’ve played, the Bruins didn’t pass the test. Nevertheless, UCLA played a great overall game against Marquette on Friday. The Bruins are coming off a 69-60 win over Marquette in a marquee win for the Bruins early on in the 2020-21 campaign.
Their closest call of the season was a 107-98 win over Pepperdine on November 27. That was a near miss for UCLA following their loss against San Diego State. They are heavy favorites against a 1-2 Long Beach State team tonight. The 49ers are coming off a 107-62 loss against San Francisco on Thursday. The defense has to be tenfold better today. Head below for our free Long Beach State vs. UCLA pick for December 15, 2020.
Long Beach State 49ers vs. UCLA Bruins NCAA Betting Odds:
Long Beach State vs. UCLA Prediction:
Long Beach State needs to find a way to play better defense on Tuesday night, or this game is going to get out of control in a hurry. They were pummeled for 107 points against a San Francisco team that does not have an offense like the Bruins. A similar effort would likely yield 115 points for UCLA. The Dons went wild in the second half against a gassed 49ers squad for 63 points.
Long Beach State has conceded at least 75 points in every game this season, and the 107-62 loss was the second time they’ve given up at least 85 points. An average Loyola Marymount squad 85 points on Long Beach State in a 85-61 final. Their most competitive effort was a 80-75 win versus Seattle on December 6. With 89 points conceded per game, the 49ers are 317th in the nation defensively. That just about puts them dead last in the NCAA. I find it highly improbable that Long Beach State is going to offer much resistance defensively in this contest.
Expect Jaime Jaquez to score at will against the 49ers’ defense on Tuesday night. The 19-year-old guard has been impressive with 14.8 points and 6 rebounds a game. He is shooting 45.4% from the field entering Tuesday. Long Beach State is going to have to take a lot of chances here. They will have to speed the game up and hopefully get some shots to fall. While this spread is just a bit too sharp for me to make a play on, the final score should go OVER the total at Pauley Pavilion.