UCLA vs Akron: 2022 NCAA Tournament East Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: PAC-12 Conference Tournament Semifinal – USC vs UCLA
Mar 11, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Jules Bernard (1) celebrates after scoring against the USC Trojans during the second half at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 4 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 13 Akron Zips

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 17
  • Time: 9:50 p.m. ET
  • Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
  • TV: TBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 4 UCLA STAT No. 13 AKR
Pac-12 Conference MAC
25-7 Record 24-9
76.4 (55th) Points Per Game 71.2 (183rd)
64.8 Points Allowed Per Game 62.8
0.6296 (10th) RPI 0.538 (107th)
37th Strength of Schedule 280th
At-Large Bid Automatic Bid

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UCLA leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Bruins guard Johnny Juzang (3) dribbles against Washington State Cougars forward Andrej Jakimovski (23) during the first half at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
  • Johnny Juzang, G, JR: 16.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 36.2% 3PT
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr., G, JR: 14.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG

Akron leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Zips forward Ali Ali (24) drives to the basket against Kent State Golden Flashes guard Andrew Garcia (4) during the second half of the MAC Tournament final at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ali Ali, F, SO: 14.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 41.3% 3PT
  • Enrique Freeman, F, SO: 13.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG,  66.1% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • UCLA Moneyline: -1500
  • AKR Moneyline: +850
  • Spread: UCLA -13.5
  • Over/Under: 128.5
  • ATS Record: UCLA 17-14-1, AKR 17-14
  • Over/Under Record: UCLA 16-16, AKR 14-17

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • After going to the Final Four last year, many people are expecting the Bruins to make a deep run in this year’s tournament. Being the 8th-ranked team by KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric certainly doesn’t hurt their case
  • The Bruins play slow (258th in adjusted tempo) and have one of the better defenses in the tournament, ranking 12th in KenPom’s efficiency ratings.
  • The Zips are coming in on a high after throttling their rival Kent State in the conference tournament finals the day after Kent State players were suspended for releasing an expletive-laced video on social media cursing out their rivals.
  • The Zips will need Ali Ali and point guard Xavier Castaneda to be hitting from beyond the arc if they have any hope of keeping this game close and considering they play even slower than the Bruins (351st in adjusted tempo) they’re going to need to make every possession count.

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