Saturday has a massive college basketball card from early in the afternoon to late in the evening. There is a new game that will be tipping off in what feels like every minute. If you’re a big college basketball fan, Saturday is always a day to have nothing else scheduled but watching and betting. Whether you prefer smaller conferences or the marquee matchups, there is going to be a game that you like on Saturday.
There are 14 ranked teams scheduled to play today. With Covid-19 running through basketball teams, whether it’s the NBA or college ball, games and players suiting up can’t be guaranteed. Always be sure to keep an eye on starting lineups before matchups are tipped off. We will head to the Pac-12 for our first college basketball pick on Saturday.
The Pac-12 likely isn’t going to be producing the national champion. Maybe I’m wrong and an upset ensues, but there doesn’t appear to be a leading contender in the Pac-12. Now, when we’re talking about the Pac-12 race, that could be interesting. It’s wide open with Oregon, Colorado UCLA, USC, and Arizona all in the mix to win the Pac-12 title.
Rivals UCLA and USC are currently the hottest teams in the conference. UCLA and USC have recorded five straight wins, and currently sit atop the Pac-12 with overall records of 10-2. In the conference, UCLA remains unbeaten at 6-0. They are coming off a big win over the Washington State Cougars, 91-61, at home on Thursday. This was after a statement win over Arizona on the road, 81-76.
I thought it was a good look for UCLA to follow up with a blowout win in what could have been a potential letdown spot. The Bruins didn’t allow it to develop into a letdown and came through with an impressive win. Conversely, Washington has had it really tough. They’ve shown nothing and are going to continue to struggle.
The Huskies go into Saturday with a record of 1-10 and 0-6 in the Pac-12. On a seven-game losing streak, Washington is looking to stop the bleeding at UCLA in this one. Head below for our free Washington vs. UCLA pick on January 16, 2021.
Washington Huskies vs. UCLA Bruins NCAA Betting Odds:
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Washington doesn’t have to win, but a step in the right direction would be playing a competitive game. It would of course be a bonus to win, and that’s always the goal, but Washington just needs something, anything, to go positive for them. Their only win this season was against Seattle on December 9, 73-41. Beating Seattle isn’t exactly something to get too stoked about. Since that win, Washington has lost seven straight games. Their most impressive game of the season was a 74-71 loss against Oregon at home on December 12. They didn’t get a win, though the Huskies were able to show some fight and grit.
There was no grit from Washington in their most recent effort. They played UCLA’s rivals on Thursday and were handed a beating. The Trojans had no problems clearing the Huskies for a 95-68 win. USC had the lead at halftime, 44-23, and showed no signs of letting up in the second-half. The Trojans added to their lead to make it another humiliating loss for Washington.
UCLA is similar to USC, so a much better effort is going to be required from the Huskies on Saturday afternoon. Their overall body of work has not been impressive, though. They have scored 63.7 points per game for 314th in the NCAA. The defense hasn’t performed much better, with 76.5 points conceded for 293rd. So, their offense isn’t scoring, and when they miss, the Huskies aren’t getting back to play defense.
Their defensive numbers crater to 85 points against per game on the road. That’s likely not going to work against a UCLA team that has been aggressive defensively, especially at home. Note that the Bruins have allowed just 59.6 points per game. The offense has been effective as well, with 76.3 points scored per game. If UCLA brings the same energy against Washington as they did against Washington State on Thursday, a 91-61 win, it should be a repeat game for the Bruins.