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UCLA Bruins at Duke Blue Devils
Date and Time:
Thursday 12/19/13 at 7:00pm on ESPN

Game Line: Duke -5 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 164.5
Thursday UCLA at Duke College Basketball Analysis: Shaky defensive performances were enough for Duke and UCLA to win their last game against lesser competition but they will need to improve Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in a matchup of two of the nation’s top offensive teams.  Duke averages 86 points per game with a 52% field goal shooting while UCLA has been even better, averaging 89 points per game and shooting 54%.  After beating number 22 Michigan 79-69, Duke had a 12 day layoff before beating Gardner-Webb 85-66 on Monday.  They shot 50% from the field and 9 of 22 from three point range.  They have had a 20 point scorer in each of their first ten games and Rodney Hood and freshman sensation Jabrari Parker have accounted for most of them.  Their biggest question mark, like UCLA, comes on defense.  Opponents, including Gardner-Webb, are shooting over 50% from the floor against them and that is going to have to change if this team is going to make a deep run come March.  UCLA beat Prairie View A&M 95-71, bouncing back from their poor performance on both sides of the ball in a 80-71 loss against Missouri the week before, the team’s only loss.  Leading scorer Jordan Adams at 21.2 points per game has been one of the best college players in the country and creating his own shot, his likely matchup against Jabrari Parker will be one to watch in this contest.  UCLA has lost four of its last six games against top ten teams on neutral courts and there’s no reason to think this game will be any different.  Duke has the potential to play much better defensively, while the lack of defense from UCLA has been a trend for a few seasons now.  Duke has the playmakers to slow down the UCLA scoring attack and they know on a neutral site they will have to play their best on both ends of the court because they don’t want to get into a shootout against one of the few teams who score more than they do.
UCLA at Duke NCAA Football Picks: Duke -5 and under 164.5
UCLA at Duke Game Prediction: 85-75 Duke
What to expect in this College Basketball match up: Duke has the athletes to slow down the high powered UCLA offense.  Coach Mike Krzyzewski will have his team ready to play on both ends of the court and you will see Rodney Hood and Jabrari Parker’s best efforts not only as scorers, but on defense where they will hold ULCA from getting second chance opportunities.  If Duke can make their three point shots like they have been lately there’s no reason to think they can’t win this game by double digits.

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