Kentucky vs. UCLA Prediction, Game Preview

    Kentucky vs. UCLA prediction and game preview for when the Bruins host the Wildcats in the Pauley Pavilion.

    December 2, 2015

    The UCLA Bruins will be back home in Los Angeles to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the Pauley Pavilion. Below is the Kentucky vs. UCLA prediction and game preview.

    Kentucky vs. UCLA Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, Dec. 3
    Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
    Venue: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Network: ESPN

    Why You Need To Care

    This is a matchup for the true basketball addicts. We have the No. 1-ranked Wildcats headed to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins.

    John Calipari’s team has been as good as advertised with a 7-0 record, but the most impressive victory of the current winning streak has to be a 74-63 win over the Duke Blue Devils two weeks ago.

    Kentucky’s latest victim was Illinois State, who took a 75-63 loss on the chin Monday.

    UCLA hasn’t just taken some jabs to the chin, it’s been hit with haymakers in the form of losses to Kansas, Wake Forest and Monmouth, which was to start the season.

    The Bruins are 4-3 thanks to a 77-45 win against Cal State Northridge on Sunday. UCLA is averaging 79.1 points while the Wildcats have been putting up 79.7 points per game.

    Two historic programs going toe-to-toe, what could be better?

    Why Kentucky Will Win

    Aside from Calipari being an all-around-better coach than Steve Alford, how about the fact that the Wildcats have forced 95 turnovers so far — something UCLA has struggled with having committed 99 turnovers. Kentucky’s freshmen are just too dominant. Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews, Johnny David and Isaac Humphries have combined for an average of 48.1 points per game. Sure, the trio of Briscoe, Murray and Labissiere are contributing most of that, but that’s still amazing. They’re an athletic bunch and will run up and down on Alford’s crew.

    Why UCLA Will Win

    Alford will turn to his own flesh and blood to help steal one from the nation’s top-ranked team. His son, Bryce, leads the team with 15.3 points per game on 39.1 percent shooting, but the junior guard can’t shoot 28.1 percent from three and expect to win the game — not against Kentucky. Fortunately for UCLA, the Wildcats only shoot 27.6 percent from three, so the Bruins will have to play off a little bit and let those freshmen hoist up jump shots.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Kentucky is just too athletic. Granted, the Wildcats don’t shoot well from the outside, but they do get up and down the floor in transition better than most teams in the country. Both squads really attack the glass, so it’ll be an interesting fight. It feels like the the Wildcats will win the battle on the boards and come out on top in the end.

    Kentucky vs. UCLA Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Kentucky 75, UCLA 71

    Jordan Cornette:
    Kentucky 89, UCLA 75

    Line: Kentucky -5.5

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