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DATE – Thursday Dec. 3

TIME – 9 p.m. Eastern


UCLA vs Kentucky Free NCAAB Pick

Kentucky and UCLA haven't played often, but when these two traditional college basketball powers get together, it's usually a highly competitive game. For the game Thursday to equal the previous entertaining contests though, UCLA will need to step up its game to keep up with the powerful Wildcats.


ESPN will televise the Kentucky-UCLA game from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. Eastern Thursday.


Kentucky and UCLA have played 11 times since 1951 and the Wildcats lead all-time, 7-4. In the eight meetings since 1975, both teams have been ranked in six of the games. Thursday's Kentucky-UCLA game won't feature both teams being rated, as UCLA is not rated. But Kentucky will carry a #1 ranking into the game.


The Wildcats finished 38-1 last season, losing in the Final Four semifinals to Wisconsin, and lost many players from that team to the NBA draft. But any hopes by the remainder of college basketball that Kentucky would take a step back in 2015-16 were quickly put to rest as the Wildcats defeated then-#5 Duke, 74-63 in mid-November. Kentucky has scored at least 74 points in its first six games this season, and it has won its first six games each by double digit margins. 


Playing the #1 ranked team in the Kentucky-UCLA game would seem to be a tall order for a Bruins team that has struggled in the early part of the 2015-16 season. The Bruins have won only three of their first six games, including an ugly season opening home loss against Monmouth where UCLA was a 14-point favorite. UCLA also dropped a pair of neutral site games around Thanksgiving, falling 92-73 against #5 Kansas and 80-77 against Wake Forest.


Kentucky and UCLA played last season in a neutral site game, and it was dominated by the then-#1 ranked Wildcats. Kentucky jumped to a 24-0 lead in the game, and the Bruins scored only 7 points in the first half, the lowest point total for UCLA in school history. But UCLA didn't let the blowout loss ruin its season, as the Bruins qualified for the NCA Tournament as a #11 seed and then surprisingly advanced to the Sweet 16.

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12/20/14 Kentucky (-15.5) 83, UCLA 44 (neutral site) (U 135.5)

11/21/06 UCLA (-4) 73, Kentucky 68 (neutral site) (O 137.5)

12/6/03 Kentucky (-9.5) 52, UCLA 50 (neutral site) (U 149)

11/10/00 UCLA 97, Kentucky (-1) 92 (ot) (neutral site) (O 151)

11/28/98 Kentucky 66, UCLA 62 (neutral site) (NL)

*Favorite is 3-0 outright in last 3 Kentucky-UCLA games



11/27/15 L Kentucky (-21.5) 84, South Florida 63 (neutral site) (O 138.5)

11/24/15 L at Kentucky (-24.5) 82, Boston U. 62 (U 148)

11/20/15 L at Kentucky (-25) 78, Wright State 63 (O 138.5)

11/17/15 W Kentucky (-1.5) 74, Duke 63 (neutral site) (U 160)

11/14/15 W at Kentucky (-22.5) 87, New Jersey Tech 57 (O 142.5)

*Kentucky is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games over two seasons

*Kentucky is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 true road games over two seasons

*Overs are 5-2 in last 7 Kentucky games over two seasons



11/25/15 L Wake Forest 80, UCLA (-5.5) 77 (neutral site) (U 158)

11/24/15 L Kansas (-9.5) 92, UCLA 73 (neutral site) (O 162)

11/23/15 L UCLA (-4) 77, UNLV 75 (neutral site) (U 159.5)

11/19/15 W at UCLA (-7) 81, Pepperdine 67 (U 153)

11/15/15 L at UCLA (-7) 88, Cal Poly SLO 83 (O 146.5)

*UCLA is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games over two seasons

*UCLA is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games as an underdog over two seasons

*Unders are 6-4 in last 10 UCLA games over two seasons