College Basketball Odds, Pick for UCLA vs Chaminade
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UCLA vs Chaminade Odds, Pick
Below, we have UCLA vs. Chaminade odds and a prediction, including an NCAAB betting guide for Tuesday, Nov. 21.
When Chaminade takes on UCLA, it will be looking for its first win in the Maui Invitational since 2017, when the Silverswords steamrolled Cal, 96-72. The home team at this event won’t feel as “at home” away from the Lahaina Civic Center, but it still has a great opportunity to make some memories by beating the Bruins.
The Silverswords won’t be as overmatched as they were against Kansas, but there's still a massive size difference coming into this game. The Bruins boast one of the larger rosters in all of college basketball, headlined by sophomore center Adem Bona and true freshman Aday Mara.
Mick Cronin’s squad appears near-elite defensively, and it could be suffocating for Chaminade to handle.
Never say never, but it would be shocking to see this one come down to the wire.
Taking away the 3-point line is one of UCLA’s largest strengths in these early-season games. Coming into Maui, UCLA ranked 27th in the country in 3-point percentage defense, holding its opponents to just 24% shooting from deep.
That's bad news for a Chaminade team that needs to hit shots from deep.
The Bruins are extremely young, which makes them prone to a wide range of outcomes. We simply haven't seen these players in many high-stakes situations.
They have all the talent in the world — as Mara projects as a lottery pick — but with so much youth, it wouldn't be a surprise to see UCLA stumble in a game you wouldn’t expect to cause it any problems on paper.
UCLA opened as favorites of 30+ points in games against both Lafayette and LIU earlier this season, before failing to cover by significant margins and only winning those games by 18 and 20 points, respectively.
Both of those teams are still significantly tougher opponents than Chaminade, but it's a data point worth noting on how these Bruins fare against lesser competition.
With that said, they looked up for the challenge against a great Marquette team on Monday.
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Before the loss to Kansas, Chaminade was not off to its best start to the season. The Silverswords opened with a five-point loss to Alaska Anchorage, then secured a win over Alaska before losing their second game in three contests to Hawaii Hilo in overtime.
Chaminade has two sharpshooters who are capable of getting hot from outside. Its leading scorer is Isaac Amaral-Artharee and his running mate is Jamir Thomas, both of whom average over 16 points per game and shoot over 40% from 3.
Don’t expect much from Chaminade as far as physicality goes — it simply doesn't have the size or athleticism to keep up with many Division-I teams when it comes to defense and rebounding. But if the shots are falling, the Silverswords can certainly hang around in a game longer than you might expect.
UCLA vs. Chaminade
Betting Pick & Prediction
It would take a miracle for Chaminade to make this game competitive.
While UCLA’s youth is a concern against more talented teams, there should be no concerns that Mara and Bona can have their way with the Chaminade bigs from start to finish in this one.
Take UCLA to cover.
Pick: UCLA -28.5
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