NCAA Odds: UCLA Bruins host Washington State
By: Joe Freda
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wazzu’s Klay Thompson scored 31 points in Saturday’s loss to the Butler Bulldogs.
The Washington State Cougars saw a five-game winning streak end with Saturday’s 84-68 setback as two-point favorites against the Butler Bulldogs. Ken Bone’s crew returns from Hawaii’s Diamond Head Classic championship contest to open Pacific-10 Conference play in Wednesday’s road game against the UCLA Bruins, who are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games.
Cougars guard Klay Thompson piled in a team-high 31 points in Saturday’s loss, while adding five rebounds. The junior drained 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, while going 7-for-7 at the foul line.
Thompson’s mate Reggie Moore struggled, hitting 1-for-6 from the field en route to finishing with six points. The Seattle native added three assists and one steal.
The lopsided affair’s combined 152 points soared above the ‘total’ of 136, making the ‘over’ 4-0 in the Cougars’ last four games. Washington State allowed Butler to connect on 50 percent of its field buckets, while being outrebounded by the Bulldogs, 33-28.
The Cougars dropped to 4-2 ATS in their first six games away from home, with the ‘over’ moving to 5-1. Moore and Co. went 3-6 ATS in their nine road matchups against conference foes during last year’s regular season, with the ‘under’ going 5-4.
UCLA Bruins have had five days off since Thursday’s 74-73 win as a 15-point home favorite against the UC Irvine Anteaters. The Bruins were outscored in the second half, 44-35 after having a 39-29 halftime lead.
Malcolm Lee and Lazeric Jones both notched a team-high 20 points. The duo each hit 4-of-8 from three-point range, while uniting for eight boards.
Bruins center Joshua Smith grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while logging three of his squad’s nine blocks. The freshman finished with 14 points, connecting on 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 at the foul line.
The close battle’s combined 147 points ducked below the closing ‘total’ of 148, bringing the ‘under’ to 2-0 in UCLA’s last two games. The Bruins went 12-for-23 at the foul line, while both squads united to hit 17-of-32 from three-point land.
UCLA plunged to 2-5-1 ATS in its first eight home dates, with the ‘under’ moving to 4-3 in the last seven matchups of that stretch. The Bruins went 4-5 ATS in their nine home games last year against conference rivals, with the ‘over’ cashing at 5-4.
UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt missed the game due to a shoulder injury and is listed as “questionable” by DonBest.com to return Wednesday. The sophomore leads his squad in scoring (14.9 PPG) and rebounding (8 RPG).
The Bruins are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings against Washington State, with the ‘under’ also collecting at 3-0.
UCLA won last January’s matchup between the foes, 74-62, as a 2 ½-point home favorite. Lee logged a team-high six assists for the Bruins, while Washington State was held to 35.6 percent shooting from the field.
Wednesday’s tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT), with Fox Sports West providing television coverage.
Both squads will have one day off before resuming action as part of Friday’s college hoops schedule. UCLA remains home to face the Washington Huskies, while Washington State continues on the road against the USC Trojans.