UCLA vs Ohio State: Basketball Game Preview and Prediction

Both teams are coming off of disappointing road losses and each team is looking for a win in this non-conference matchup between two future Big Ten teams.
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Comparing Both teams

Ohio State Buckeyes

Net Ranking: 35 ESPN BPI: 35 KenPom: 25 CBS RPI: 50

UCLA Bruins

Net Ranking: 123 ESPN BPI: 87 KenPom: 45 CBS RPI: 242

The history between these two programs and the game prediction.

The previous matchups between these two programs: The Bruins have played the Buckeyes three times and Ohio State has won two out of the three games they have played against each other.

The last time these two teams have played one another: The Buckeye beat the Bruins by a final score of 77-70 back in 2020.

Ohio State last season: The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference as UCLA will be next season and Ohio State finished in 13th place last season.

The Buckeyes this season: Ohio State has an impressive 11 point win in the Emerald Coast Classic against Alabama earlier this season. However, they did lose at home to Texas A&M in early November and they lost to Penn State in which they had a strong first half of play but allowed the Nittany Lions to come back and pull off the upset.

Game Prediction: UCLA 72 Ohio State 65

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