The UCLA Bruins (4-1) square off against the BYU Cougars (3-2) in the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 25, 2019.
BYU Cougars vs. UCLA Bruins Free Prediction
The Cougars are trying to rebound after their 72-68 loss to the Boise State Broncos in their last contest. One of Boise State’s biggest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They had 27 free throw attempts, while BYU had just seven. Jake Toolson led BYU in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting.
The last time the Bruins were in action, they fell to the Hofstra Pride, 88-78. Hofstra was successful at getting to and converting from the free throw line. The Pride made 24 of their 30 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Bruins were 14-18 (77.8 percent). With 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting, Jalen Hill led UCLA in scoring.
The physical UCLA offense could be getting to the free throw line a lot in this battle. Since the 2018-19 season, the Bruins rank 93rd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.253, while BYU ranks 268th in FTA rate allowed (0.252). Additionally, the Cougars rank 21st in turnover percentage (15.7 percent), while the Bruins rank 340th in opponents’ turnover percentage (15.8 percent).
BYU vs. UCLA Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – BYU
BYU averages 15.1 assists per game, which ranks 44th in the country. UCLA ranks 288th in assists allowed per game (15.8).
The Bruins average 40.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the country. The Cougars rank 249th in rebounds allowed per game (36.8).
BYU ranks 103rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.1) while UCLA ranks 302nd (26.4).
The Cougars rank 148th in steals per game (6.3) while the Bruins rank 209th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
UCLA ranks 54th in blocks per game (4.2) while BYU ranks 64th in blocks allowed per game (2.8).