No. 3 UCLA and No. 14 Arizona square off on Saturday in an important game in the Pac-12 standings.
UCLA (19-1, 6-1) has been just short of perfect, with its lone loss coming on the road at the buzzer to Oregon. Meanwhile, Arizona (17-2, 6-0) has won 11-straight games dating back to early December and has showed no signs of slowing down. Sean Miller's team has found its groove, but can they keep it rolling in LA against the high-flying Bruins?
Here's how you can catch the big game on TV or streaming online, along with some matchups to watch and a pick against the spread.
When: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET
Where: Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California
Live stream: CBSSports.com on mobile/desktop
Live stream: CBS Sports App
UCLA's offense is the closest thing to the Golden State Warriors in college you'll see. Led by freshman Lonzo Ball, the up-tempo Bruins offense has firepower across the board with Bryce Alford and Ball raining 3-pointers from the Chino Hills area. It's like watching AAU basketball but, y'know, they're the No. 3 team in the country.
They have more than just a talented backcourt, too. Thomas Welsh and T.J. Leaf have post games that give the Bruins a presence down low, but can also stretch the offense with their ability to knock down mid-range jumpers.
Arizona has two 7-footers who present a nice challenge for the Bruins. Lauri Markkanen and Dusan Ristic, two players Sean Miller imported from overseason, are averaging double digits and pulling down a combined 13.5 rebounds per game. Markkanen is a threat from deep, who hit five 3-pointers in a win earlier this week against USC.
Matchups to watch
The battle of the giants down low is one that will certainly be one to track, but UCLA's style of play will almost certainly make the backcourt battle one of critical importance. Ball and Alford are almost a lock for 30+ per night, but the duo of Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Kobi Simmons duo is worth watching forms a solid defensive backcourt, and athletically they have the ability to match up well with Ball and Alford.
Jackson-Cartwright is a true point guard who has eyes in the back of his head. He can find open teammates like Aaron Rodgers -- so he'll be looking to get Markkanen and Ristic involved early.
Odds and pick
SportsLine odds: UCLA -4.5
SportsLine projection: UCLA 85, Arizona 74
Pick: Arizona +4.5
For as good and dominant as UCLA has been, the defense has been far from its saving grace. The Bruins give up 100 points per 100 possessions, and rank 92nd nationally in terms of efficiency. I'm expecting a big day from Markkanen. After his big performance with five 3-pointers on Thursday, he's now hitting 48.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and averaging 17 points per game.