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NCAA Basketball Betting — Stanford Still Has Unfinished Business as it Faces UCLA

Both the Stanford Cardinal and UCLA Bruins looked nothing less than awesome in winning their quarterfinal games in the Pac-12 Tournament. Now they meet in the semi-finals, in NCAA basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 11:30 PM ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Stanford is in a position where it may still be trying to improve its NCAA Tournament credentials, and they are now 21-11 on the season and stand as the lowest seed still remaining in this conference tourney. UCLA is 24-8 straight-up and has won fifteen of its last 19 games against this foe.

In the NCAA basketball betting odds that have been placed on this game by the people at Bookmaker, the Bruins are laying a few points:

UCLA Bruins -3
Stanford Cardinal +3

Over 149 points -110
Under 149 points -110

Stanford made surprisingly easy work of Arizona State in the quarterfinal round, holding big scorer Jahii Carson to just 10 points and Jordan Bachynski to one field-goal and one blocked shot. The final was 79-58, and it was the second worst loss the Sun Devils suffered this season. Meanwhile, UCLA, which was shocked in its regular-season finale when it lost to Washington State, was probably even more impressive in an 82-63 win over the Oregon Ducks in which the Bruins held Oregon, which took an eight-game winning streak into the game, to just 35.5% shooting from the floor.

These teams met twice this season and there were two very different results. On January 23, UCLA played host to the Cardinal as a six-point favorite in the NCAA basketball betting odds and shot 52% from the field on the way to an easy 91-74 victory. Stanford was inept handling the basketball in that game, committing 19 turnovers. And that was not at all unexpected, as UCLA is one of the national leaders when it comes to steels.

On February 22, it was a different story in Palo Alto, as Stanford shot 62% in and 83-74 home win, with a covered as a two-point favorite in the basketball odds.

For Stanford, the 21-point win over Arizona State may or may not have clinched an NCAA Tournament bid for them, as no one knows how the Selection Committee will deal with it. Of course, winning two out of three against UCLA, which is indeed going to the Big Dance, would probably get the job done without a shadow of a doubt.

The big assignment for UCLA on defense, as Bookmaker customers know, is to stop point guard Chasson Randle, who burned the Bruins for 73-pointers the last time these teams met. What opponents like to think is that even though UCLA comes to the table with big guards, there is an opportunity to take advantage of a quickness edge that might exist. Stanford might match up well on that account; neither Jordan Adams nor Kyle Anderson is liable to deal with the quickness of the 6′ 1″, 180-pound Randle.

There is a certain flip side to that as well, as the size of UCLA’s lineup in the backcourt (Adams is 6′ 4″ and Anderson is 6′ 9″) creates daunting matchup situations for almost every opponent they play area UCLA is also a deeper team than Stanford, and that is a fact almost all NCAA basketball bettors who follow the Pac-12 are aware of.

It’s coming up on the most critical time of the year when it comes the basketball, and you don’t want to be caught playing with bed numbers. For that reason, you should come and play with the pros at Bookmaker. It only makes good sense!

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