Northwestern vs UCLA: Picks & Preview 03/18/2023

Northwestern vs UCLA: Picks & Preview 03/18/2023

March 18, 2023



Game Preview

A 2nd round match in the West Region of the 2023 NCAA Tournament will showcase the #7 seed Northwestern Wildcats versus the #2 seed UCLA Bruins this Saturday evening. Looking at the 1st round, the Wildcats demolished the #10 seed Boise State Broncos 75-67. As for UCLA, they also finished the match in convincing fashion, crushing UNC Asheville 86-53.
Tipoff is set to start at 8:40 pm Eastern Time at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Senior guard Boo Buie has become the main scoring option in the backcourt for Northwestern, mainly thanks to his agility up front. Buie has the talent to get buckets from all 3 levels on the court plus the strength to absorb contact while rushing down the lane. Buie leads the squad in both points (17.3) and assists (4.5), with the latest match recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Right beside Buie, senior guard Chase Audige is the Wildcats’ reliable playmaker. Audige has the vision and passing to break down the defense and create space for the squad. The New York native records 14 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per match, with the recent win giving him 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. 
As for UCLA, senior guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. is a very versatile offensive option. Jaquez Jr. has a big frame and uses it to play physically in the post. He is leading the team in both points (17.3) and rebounds (8.1) thanks to his physicality. During the regular season he recorded a ridiculous  9 double-doubles, while in his last match Jaquez Jr. grabbed 18 points and 10 rebounds. 
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Jaquez Jr. ‘s casting support is led by senior guard Tyger Campbell who brings the much necessary speed to clear space for the big man to enter the paint. Campbell has a solid jumper while coming off the dribble, becoming a big diversion in mid range.
This matchup showcases polar opposite playstyles, however this time around we believe UCLA has an advantage as Northwestern does not have big men that could control Jaquez Jr.


Northwestern vs UCLA Game Information

  • Date: 03/18/2023
  • Time: 08:40 PM ET
  • Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA.
  • How to Watch Northwestern vs UCLA : TNT
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Northwestern vs UCLA Betting Lines

Northwestern is +282 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $282.On the other side, UCLA is -355 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $28.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Northwestern at a 26.18% chance of winning the game, meanwhile UCLA has 78.02% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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