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NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Second Round
Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCLA Bruins
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 09:40 PM ET
Golden 1 Center
The Cincinnati Bearcats and UCLA Bruins will play a second-round NCAA tournament game on Sunday night in Sacramento. The winner goes on to the Sweet 16.
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UCLA has settled as about a 4-point favorite. That might be steep. Ken Pomeroy’s projection system (subscription required) pegs this game as nearly a perfect toss-up, with 50-percent odds for each team and a 77-76 score in UCLA’s favor. It could easily tilt either way, and it’s one of the tournament’s hardest games to pick. Cincinnati is a No. 6 seed and UCLA a No. 3 in the South region.
The money matchup here is, broadly speaking, the UCLA offense and the Cincinnati defense. Both teams are OK on the other end of the floor, but these are their strengths: UCLA scoring and Cincinnati stopping teams from scoring.
UCLA can score from anywhere. The Bruins are an elite shot-making team both inside and outside the arc. Cincy’s defense is at its stingiest on the interior, where the 6’9 Kyle Washington and 6’8 Gary Clark provide shot-blocking and defensive rebounding punch.
The Bruins almost never have shots blocked — just 4.2 percent of them, the lowest figure in the country — and finish well around the rim. That’ll be hard against Cincinnati’s front line, however. What might be easier is shooting from farther out.
Cincinnati’s three-point defense isn’t quite as good, and there could be an opening outside for Lonzo Ball, Aaron Holliday, Bryce Alford, and TJ Leaf. Shooters shoot, and the Bruins really shoot. They have four regular three-point shooters clicking at well above 40 percent, and the offense sometimes has a pick-your-poison feel. If defenses collapse inside to deal with Leaf or Thomas Welsh, Ball and his friends can cook from deep.
If the Bruins are scoring like they can, they’re going to beat Cincinnati and probably another couple of teams as the tournament wears on. But the Bearcats are stingy, and March Madness carries no guarantees.