UCLA vs. Oregon,
01/10/2019 21:00 EDT,
Score: 87 - 84
Total: -110/+139½ Over
*5 Star NCAA BB TOP Total of the Week* The UCLA Bruins are playing significantly faster under Murray Bartow than they were under Steve Alford. He has the team pushing at all opportunities, and they are using the full court press far more often. UCLA's biggest strength is their athleticism and speed all over the floor, so this makes sense to me.
UCLA played their last game against Cal to a ridiculously fast pace of 88 possessions. That's about as fast as you'll see any college basketball game. The Bruins won't be able to force Oregon to go that fast, but this one should be a quick paced game.
Oregon likes to play the zone, but according to Synergy Sports UCLA is much better against the zone than man defense.
UCLA has played 15 games this year. Only 2 of those games have stayed under this total. They are playing faster now than they were earlier this year.
Oregon has attempted to play slower of late, but Oregon State pushed them to a 74 possession game and UCLA will be pushing hard all the way here. Oregon still has some solid scorers, and this UCLA defense is only average.
Unless the shooting numbers are abnormally low, I think this one gets comfortably over the total.
Take the over.