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South Region Championship Odds & Free ATS NCAAB Picks: Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCLA Bruins

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South Region Championship Odds & Free ATS NCAAB Picks: Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCLA Bruins

#6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #3 UCLA Bruins

Bearcats: 30-5 (4-2 N)
Bruins: 30-4 (6-1 N)
When: 9:40 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
TV: TBS

The third-seeded UCLA Bruins will attempt to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since they missed the entire Tournament altogether last year as they prepare to rekindle with the feeling with an encounter against the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats in a South Region second round clash set to be staged on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

The Bruins’ high-powered offense was on full display in their first round venture against Kent State when they fell shy of the century mark by 3 points in a 97-80 victory over the Golden Flashes on Friday. As most favorites in the first round of the Tournament, the Bruins could not satisfy their backers falling short by 2 points as favorites. They decided to sit on their 17-point lead with 30 ticks on the clock probably infuriating a few.

They won’t be as merciful on Sunday against the Bearcats who boast the 4th best defense in the country with just 60.4 PPG allowed. The Bruins are still a mess on defense allowing more than 75 points and the Bearcats average this much so do expect the Bruins to parade their firepower but will it be enough? They have struggled mightily against defenses who are able to slow down the Bruins’ high pace tempo.

Before the 97-point outburst, the Bruins managed just 75 points per game in their last three contests entering the Big Dance. Meanwhile, the Bearcats have been a shutdown machine allowing just 58.7 points a game in their last seven encounters. The total is set at 153 points with UCLA as a 4-point favorite according to Bovada. Agreeing with this tidbit of info, the Bruins are in line to score fewer than 80 points which gives the Bearcats the chance to feast on an UCLA defense that just can’t stop anyone. Cincinnati denies the Bruins’ chances to dance at the sweet Sixteen.

BetOnline has the UCLA listed as 4-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 153½.

#6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #3 UCLA Bruins South Region Championship Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
731 Cincinnati
152
732 UCLA
-2½
  Moneyline
+140/-160

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UCLA was a 97-80 winner in its last match at home against Golden Flashes. They failed to cover the -19-point spread as favorites.

Cincinnati won its last outing, a 75-61 result against Wildcats on March 17. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite.

#6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #3 UCLA Bruins South Region Championship Odds & Trends

Cincinnati:
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games

UCLA:
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA's last 11 games

Free ATS NCAAB Picks: Cincinnati +4 at BetOnline

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