UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Preview 03/09/18

Pac-12 Basketball: Analysis of the first day of the 2018 Conference Tournament

Arizona is easily the more talented team and should win the game, but Colorado has much more to play for as their only shot of making it into the NCAA tournament comes with winning the Pac-12 title.

The slow start for the Wildcats, was not unexpected for a team that arrived in Las Vegas less than 24-hours before tip-off, squaring off against a Colorado team that shot a season-high against ASU, knocking the favored Sun Devils out of the tournament, in the first round. Additionally, the Bruins rank 41st in turnover percentage (16.4 percent), while the Wildcats rank 273rd in opponents' turnover percentage (17.1 percent).

KZ Okpala led the Cardinal with 23 points, and Travis finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. "And he played like that today", Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. I didn't really look at them having a lot of great looks that they missed.

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As strong as Arizona was in the second half offensively, it was the defense that was the talk after the game.

But when Wright went crashing into the crowd on the baseline after pursuing an offensive rebound, CU's hopes dimmed considerably.

"It was me", Ayton said of his performance Thursday.

"I think UCLA was really, really excited in their locker room afterward, because it meant something to beat us, and I think we've done a nice job as a program getting to the point right where it means something to beat Stanford", head coach Jerod Haase said.

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The Pac-12 tournament schedule will force UCLA to play games on back-to-back days for the first time this season.

The Buffaloes kept Arizona close to start the second half, but suffered a huge blow with when Wright appeared to come down on someone's foot.

While Wright's injury no doubt had an effect on the Buffs, Boyle refused to use it as an excuse.

"McKinley's a warrior", Boyle said. "(But) again, our offense stalled at times today, like it has all year. "When he's playing with confidence, it gives us confidence and belief in our basketball team".

Arizona led by only two at halftime and five when Wright limped to the bench. The Buffs made just one of 10 3-point tries after halftime.

Turns out, the Arizona Wildcats don't just go wherever Deandre Ayton takes them. We had plenty of transition opportunities because of our defense (the Wildcats recorded 11 steals) and that's when we're at our best. "I thought, if we could have gotten that thing within striking distance, I probably would have gone with him, but I certainly didn't want to risk him or his ankle for the sake of just putting him back in the game".

"Colorado led early, holding a 17-12 edge after six straight points from Lucas Siewert". The Cardinal stormed back behind Daejon Davis, going on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 32-all.

Colorado, though, answered with a 10-2 surge, fueled by eight points from King. Arizona also decisively won the rebound battle, pulling down 36 to the Buffalos 27, and out shone Colorado from the three-point line by almost 14% (38.9% to 25%). "That's why the only comment I had at the beginning is how proud I am of the guys". If we get an NIT bid, we'll go.

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