UCLA vs Oregon State: Basketball Game Preview and Prediction

This is the first conference game for both teams and UCLA is looking for a much need win as they take on the 8-3 Oregon State Beaver in the Gill Coliseum.
UCLA v Oregon State
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UCLA Bruins currently, with a losing record of 5-6 looks to start Pac-12 play 1-0 as they travel to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the 8-3 Oregon State Beavers.

Pac-12 Network. 516. Conference Season Opener. 7 pm PT. 518. Thursday, Dec. 28. UCLA at Oregon State. 8-3. 5-6

Comparing both teams rankings through various college basketball ranking systems.

UCLA Bruins

Net Ranking: 172 ESPN BPI: 114 KenPom: 84 CBS RPI: 280

Oregon State Beavers

Net Ranking: 196 ESPN BPI: 236 KenPom: 192 CBS RPI: 132

The history between these two schools on the basketball court and a game preview and prediction.

The last ten games between these two teams: UCLA has defeated Oregon State seven out of the last ten times they have played against each other.

The last five times these two programs have played one another: The Bruins have beat the Beavers four of the the last five times they have faced one another on the basketball court.

The last meeting between these two teams: UCLA on the road defeated Oregon State in early February of last year by a final score of 62-47.

Oregon State this season: In home games, the Beavers have an undefeated record winning all eight of their home games this season. Oregon State has outscored its opponents this season by 2.4 points per game and the Beavers as a team averages 71.5 points per game this season. All three of Oregon State losses were on a neutral court and the Beavers have one their last five games.

Best Players for Oregon State this season: Two of the top three scores for Oregon State are Dexter Akanno and Tyler Bilodeau who both average approximately 11 and a half points per game. For the Beavers, Michael Rataj the leading rebounder for the team, averages 7.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and Jordan Pope has averaged 17.0 points per game across the last ten games including a 25 point and eight assist performance against Idaho State.

Final Score Prediction: On paper, Oregon State looks like the favorite to win at home but UCLA has played a tough schedule and the Bruins defense has been very productive. Look for UCLA's offense to finally getting going this game and the final score prediction is the Bruins 74 and the Beavers 65.

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