Pepperdine Waves vs. UCLA Bruins Betting Preview – NCAAB, November 27, 2020
The 2020-21 college basketball season continues Friday night with the interconference showdown at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, as the Pepperdine Waves take on the UCLA Bruins.
While the Waves started the new season on the right foot, the Bruins suffered a tough and unexpected loss, so we should see a great battle Friday when these two schools take on each other for the first time since 2015.
I’ve come up with my Pepperdine Waves vs. UCLA Bruins prediction and pick, so let’s take a closer look.
Pepperdine vs. UCLA Odds
|Pepperdine to Win||+260|
|UCLA to Win||-333|
The Bruins should be firm favorites, no doubt. They are a better team on paper, and started the season as the No. 22 in the AP Top 25.
Pepperdine Waves Assessment
The Waves easily defeated the UC Irvine Anteaters 86-72 as 3-point favorites at the neutral site in San Diego this past Wednesday. They put on a strong offensive performance, making 50.0% of their field goals and handing out 17 assists.
Five Pepperdine players scored in double figures including junior forward Kessler Edwards who dropped 20 points on the Anteaters while posting six rebounds and a couple of dishes. Colbey Ross had 13 points, six boards, and eight assists, while Jan Zidek added 12 points off the bench.
The Waves were 16-16 overall last season, finishing at the sixth spot of the West Coast Conference table with an 8-8 record in the conference play. They were scoring 107.2 points per 100 possessions (85th in the country), surrendering 104.4 in a return (217th).
UCLA Bruins Assessment
The Bruins opened the season with a tough matchup against the San Diego State Aztecs. They were listed as 3.5-point road favorites, but the Bruins completely disappointed and lost 73-58.
UCLA shot only 39.5% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. The Bruins lost the battle on the glass (34-28), allowing 12 offensive rebounds, and committed five turnovers more than their opponents (15-10).
Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the way for the Bruins with 17 points and six rebounds, while Cody Riley posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. However, the Bruins’ second unit added just six points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field, and UCLA’s offense looked helpless against the Aztecs’ D for most of the time.
In his first season at the helm, Mick Cronin led the Bruins to a 19-12 overall record. They finished at the second spot of the Pac-12 standings, going 12-6 in the conference play, so the Bruins had high hopes ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Pepperdine vs. UCLA Pick
The Waves lost five straight games to the Bruins while covering only once in the process. This Pepperdine team is very dangerous offensively, but its defense is a big issue, so I don’t expect them to pull off an upset against UCLA.
The Bruins struggled offensively in the opener and will get a nice chance to bounce back in this game. They should dominate Pepperdine in the paint and take full advantage of the Waves’ flaws. The Bruins have won 11 of their last 15 games overall, while they are 5-1-1 ATS in the previous seven outings.
UCLA Bruins (-7.5)+100