Akron Zips vs UCLA Bruins 3-17-22

Akron Zips vs UCLA Bruins 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Akron Zips vs UCLA Bruins 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The #13 Akron Zips will take on the #4 UCLA Bruins in the East Regions first round action at Moda Center in Portland, OR, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 2:00 PM EST. The Zips have finally succeeded in earning their place in the NCAA Tournament after a lackluster first half of the season.

 

Akron caught fire down the stretch and finished 21-9 as a 4th place seed in a strong MAC Tournament field, obtaining their most recent victory against Kent State. Enrique Freeman led the Zips in the title game, scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. 

 

Akron currently has three players scoring at a high level with Xavier Castaneda who is averaging 18 points per game in the MAC tournament along with Enrique Wilson and Ali Ali who are both averaging over 15 points per match.

 

According to KenPom, the Zips are ranked 131st overall, holding the 113th most efficient offense and 166th most efficient defense. Akron is a veteran team with most of their key players from last year’s Final Four back, hoping to make another run at the title.

 

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Akron’s last 5 games.
  • The #13 Akron Zips are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.
  • The Zips are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season.

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Akron Zips vs UCLA Bruins Predictions 3/17/2022

 

The #4 UCLA Bruins finished the season ranked 13th and had taken the lead during the tournament final before the Arizona Wildcats closed them out late in the second half. The Bruins enter this matchup prepared to take on the extreme conditions of the NCAA Tournament after going through the 37th toughest schedule in the country. 

 

Jaime Jacquez Jr. has recorded over 20 points in three of his last four games for UCLA and has taken on more of an offensive presence while Juzang recovered from injury.

 

According to KenPom rankings in terms of efficiency, the Bruins are ranked 8th overall, 15th offensively, and 12th defensively. UCLA is a solid 50th in the country in total rebounding percentage and 45th in offensive rebounds per game.

 

  • The total went OVER in 5 of UCLA’s last 6 games.
  • The #4 UCLA Bruins are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of UCLA’s last 5 games this season.

#13 Akron Zips vs #4 UCLA Bruins. The NCAAB Pick for this game is #4 UCLA Bruins. UCLA has the bigger chance of winning this game as the team is better in nearly all areas except for the three-point shots while Akron is a decent shot-making team.

 

Both teams have been able to cover the spread in seven of their last ten games. Prediction: The UCLA Bruins will snatch the win in this game within the 6-10 point range but Akron Zips will cover the spread at 81-75.

 

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Akron Zips vs UCLA Bruins 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 2:00 PM (EST)

 

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

 

Location:  Moda Center in Portland, OR

 

TV: TBS

 

NCAAB ODDS: Akron Zips +13.5

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 143.5

 

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