The Central Arkansas Bears (1-1) visit No. 23 UCLA to play the Bruins (1-0) in a game that will likely be up-tempo. Tip-off is set for 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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The Bears easily got past the University of the Ozarks Eagles in their last contest, 99-51. Jordan Howard was the games leading scorer with 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Central Arkansas played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.2 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.596. For those same stats, University of the Ozarks recorded marks of 24.0 and 0.315, respectively.
In the Bruins last game, they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 63-60. UCLA received a boost from Thomas Welsh, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Bruins had a better effective field goal percentage (0.454 vs. 0.379) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (31.4 vs. 30.6).
UCLA could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. Dating back to last season, the Bruins rank first in offensive efficiency, while Central Arkansas ranks 349th in defensive efficiency.
Central Arkansas Bears vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Central Arkansas, ATS Winner – Central Arkansas, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bruins rank 14th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Bears rank 197th (2.8).
- UCLA averages 21.1 assists per game, which ranks first in the NCAA. Central Arkansas ranks 304th in assists allowed per game (18.7).
- The Bruins average 23.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 62nd in the nation. The Bears rank 318th in three pointers allowed per game (27.2).
- UCLA ranks 46th in rebounds per game (38.4) while Central Arkansas ranks 269th in rebounds allowed per game (37.8).