The No. 11 seeded UCLA Bruins look to continue their deep NCAA Tournament run when they take on the No. 2 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide in Sweet 16 action on Sunday. UCLA (20-9), which placed fourth in the Pac-12 at 13-6, has gone 14-3 when limiting opponents to 70 or fewer points. Alabama (26-6), which won the SEC regular-season crown at 16-2 as well as the conference tournament, leads the country with 341 made 3-pointers and 961 3-point attempts. In addition, the Crimson Tide rank third nationally in 3-pointers made per game at 10.7.
Tip-off from Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for 7:15 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide are 6.5-point favorites in the latest UCLA vs. Alabama odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 145. Before making any Alabama vs. UCLA picks, check out the March Madness college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on UCLA vs. Alabama in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Alabama vs. UCLA:
- UCLA vs. Alabama spread: Alabama -6.5
- UCLA vs. Alabama over-under: 145 points
- UCLA vs. Alabama money line: UCLA +240, Alabama -300
- UCLA: Ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 in fewest turnovers per game at 10.9
- BAMA: The Crimson Tide's 26 wins are tied for the second-most in a season in program history
Why Alabama can cover
Senior guard John Petty Jr. poured in 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in Monday's Round of 32 victory over Maryland. He has scored 20 or more points in five games. For the season, Petty is averaging 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is the top 3-point shooter in the SEC and one of the best in the nation, hitting on 75-of-201 3-pointers for 37.3 percent.
Senior forward Herbert Jones, the SEC Player of the Year, has scored in double figures in three of the past four games, and is averaging 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He has hit 44.5 percent of his field goals, including 37 percent of his 3-pointers. He has reached double figures in 19 games, including four double-doubles. He was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Why UCLA can cover
The Bruins have six players averaging in double figures, including junior guard Jules Bernard, who is averaging 10.4 points, five rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He scored a career-high 23 points at Oregon on March 3, making a career-high 10 shots and was 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He has scored at least 20 points in three games this season and has scored in double figures in 15 of 29 games. Bernard has connected on 46 percent of his field goals this year.
Sophomore guard Tyger Campbell is also a big part of the Bruins' success. He is averaging 10.1 points, 5.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and one steal per game. Campbell earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and has twice scored a career-high-tying 22 points this season – against Pepperdine on Nov. 27 and Arizona on Jan. 9. He has scored in double figures in 12 games and has scored at least 10 points in 25 of 60 career games.
How to make Alabama vs. UCLA picks
The model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 149 points. It also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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