College basketball is back in action today as the Long Beach State 49ers will clash with the UCLA Bruins. The game will take place at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. These teams played against each other last year and UCLA won that game by a score of 91-80.
Long Beach State 49ers Form
The 49ers are facing another challenging season. Moreover, their form in the last few seasons has not been great as they ended under .500 in 5 of the last 6 seasons. The 49ers went just 15-19 a year ago and it was the third year in a row that they posted just 15 wins. However, this team has an ongoing issue with their offensive game this season. Their main returning score this season is Jordan Roberts with an average of 7.2 points per game combined with 4 rebounds per night.
UCLA Bruins Form
The Bruins will try to recover from the previous season as they ended with 17-16 and on the 7th spot in Pac 12.
Now, they have a new leader as Mick Cronin, took over at the start of the season. It was a no brainer decisions for UCLA as Cronin enjoyed solid 13 seasons at the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bruins expect a lot from the 48 years old tactician this season. Additionally, they will need to fix their defence as they had a poor record last season in the NCAAB.
The 49ers might be seen as the favourites by many pundits. However, with Cronin in charge, the Bruins have a great opportunity to transition into a very strong defensive team. Moreover, their offensive is showing signs of improvement. Therefore, I expect an immediate impact of having a proven tactician like Cronin. Take the Bruins in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Long Beach State 49ers vs. UCLA Bruins 11/06/2019 is: take the UCLA Bruins (MoneyLine).
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