UCLA Not Main Event Ready
The No. 19 UCLA Bruins look to avoid a third straight loss when they host the Pepperdine Waves for a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night. UCLA went 0-2 at the Main Event over the weekend, falling to ranked teams Illinois and Baylor.
Pepperdine is on a three-game winning streak, including a win over UC Irvine on Saturday, and is 4-0 at home this season. Both teams will be looking to go into the holiday with a win, so make sure you check out our in-depth preview of this game to help with your betting online.
Pepperdine Hoping for Success on Road
The Pepperdine Waves are off to a 4-1 start, but they’re still looking for their first road win. Heading out to face a UCLA Bruins team that is coming off two losses at Pauley Pavilion isn’t exactly an easy task, but the Waves are hoping to get their first win away from Malibu.
Sophomore forward Maxwell Lewis is leading the Waves in scoring at 17.2 points per game while also averaging 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He struggled with foul trouble in Saturday’s win over UC Irvine, playing just 19 minutes and scoring only nine points before fouling out.
Sophomore guard Houston Mallette stepped up with 20 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s game. Mallette is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Another sophomore, guard Mike Mitchell Jr., is leading the Waves with 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. He’s also scoring 14.2 points per game, though he’s coming off a five-point performance in the win over UC Irvine.
UCLA on Defensive
The UCLA Bruins went into the Main Event tournament in Las Vegas last weekend with an unblemished record and came away from it with two losses. Facing a pair of ranked teams in Illinois and Baylor, the Bruins allowed at least 79 points in each of their setbacks.
“If you score 75 points, you’re supposed to win,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said after Sunday’s loss to Baylor. “We’re just not there defensively. This is a long season. Who you are now is irrelevant to who you are in March. I know all these games matter for seeding, but we’re going to find out what we’re made of.“
Junior guard Jaylen Clark led the way in the loss to the Bears with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Clark is pacing the Bruins in both categories with 16.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while also recording 2.8 steals.
Senior guard Tyger Campbell is pacing the Bruins with 4.6 assists per contest while also ranking second in scoring with 15.4 points per game. He struggled with his shooting in Las Vegas, going a combined 14 of 38 from the floor, including 4 of 12 from 3-point range.
Pepperdine vs UCLA Game Injuries
Pepperdine vs UCLA Head-To-Head
The UCLA Bruins have dominated the all-time series with the Pepperdine Waves, leading 20-4. UCLA has won six straight against Pepperdine, including a three-overtime victory in San Diego last season.
The Bruins are 18-2 at home against the Waves, with their last loss in Los Angeles to Pepperdine coming in the 2001-02 season. The college basketball lines for Wednesday’s game are favoring the Bruins to continue that dominance with an easy win.
Pepperdine vs UCLA Game Information
- Game: Pepperdine (4-1) vs UCLA (3-2)
- Location: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Pepperdine vs UCLA Live stream: TBS.com
Pepperdine vs UCLA Betting Lines
Pepperdine vs UCLA Picks & Prediction
The UCLA Bruins are looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend, so the Pepperdine Waves will need to be at their best to stay in this one. UCLA should win this game, but we like Pepperdine to stay within the point spread and cover.
When doing your college basketball betting, take UCLA to win at home but Pepperdine to cover.
The UCLA Bruins are listed at -1600 in our Vegas NCAAB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on UCLA Bruins, you have a chance to win $6. The Pepperdine is +900, offering a chance to win $900 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives UCLA Bruins a 94.12% chance to win, with Pepperdine at 10.00%.