BYU vs. UCLA Odds For NCAA Tournament First Round

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#6 BYU vs. #11 UCLA Odds

BYU Odds -2.5
UCLA Odds +2.5
Moneyline -143 / +120
Over/Under 139
Time Saturday, 9:40 p.m. ET
TV CBS
Odds as of Friday morning and via DraftKings.

How BYU & UCLA Match Up

BYU
vs.
UCLA
199
Tempo
332
21
eFG%
83
177
TO%
62
149
OR%
84
273
FTR
152
36
DeFG%
198
322
DTO%
254
22
DR%
37
126
DFTR
91
All stats via KenPom.

What To Know About BYU

First off, BYU can really shoot, as the Cougars led the WCC at 39.8% from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Cougars defense has actually improved, ranking 25th in adjusted defensive efficiency while holding opponents to just 45.2% from inside the arc. It helps to have a tree protecting the rim, whether it’s 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms or 6-foot-11 Richard Harward in the game. So while the Cougars don’t turn opponents over often — they rank outside of the top 300 in steal rate — they rank inside the top-25 in interior defense from a shooting percentage and rebound perspective.

All of the advanced metrics (adjusted for opponent) back up BYU being a legitimate top-25 team, so don’t be fooled by their lack of competition in conference. This team has enough experience, shooting and length to make a decent run in the tournament. The one concern would be the perimeter defense against elite guards, especially in pick and roll. — Collin Wilson

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What To Know About UCLA

UCLA snuck into the NCAA Tournament on the back of a very efficient offense that ranks 24th in the country, according to KenPom.

The Bruins slow the game down and look for the best shot, as evidence of their 335th-ranked tempo. They rank inside the top 50 in 3-point-shooting percentage this season, a rate that would be even better if guard Chris Smith didn’t tear his ACL in a New Year’s Eve game against Utah.

The Bruins are fortunate to have gotten into the tournament, having lost their final four games of the season. They might not be a pick to make a run in the Big Dance. — Matt Trebby

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