UCLA at Oregon State -2.5 O/U 145
UCLA's schedule through 18 games has been littered with teams that prefer to play with pace or can score at an efficient rate or a combination of both. On the season, the Bruins have faced the 8th toughest schedule in terms of opponent's offensive efficiency. I won't try to portray the Bruins as a good defensive team but tonight should serve as a step down in class as Oregon State's offense has struggled to score at times. And from a situational angle, you would expect both teams to bring effort on the defensive end with this being a very important game as they sit 2-3 in league play. UCLA's Bryce Alford on his team's defense of late: "We go a couple possessions in a row, or even a couple games in a row, where we play pretty decent defense," guard Bryce Alford said. "And then all of a sudden, I don't know what it is, but all of a sudden you have a lot of shutdowns, a lot of places where you break down. And you can't have that." UCLA isn't going to turn into a lock down unit overnight but again, the PAC-12 schedule hasn't been friendly with the Bruins yet to play Cal, Stanford, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon State -- the bottom five squads in the PAC-12 in terms of offensive efficiency in league play. As for OSU, the Beavers are limited on offense with Gary Payton Jr. the only true scorer. The Beavers netted only 107 points on their recent road trip to Boulder and Salt Lake City. Head coach Wayne Tinkle has a pretty strong track record of slowing down the pace of games and trying to grind out wins. We'll look to play this game under the total.