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Villanova vs UCLA Vegas Odds – An Early Season Top 5 Battle

  • Villanova won their opening game 91-51 against Mount St Mary
  • UCLA defeated CSU Bakersfield in their opening game, 95-58
  • First matchup between top five teams this season

The Villanova Wildcats travel out west to take on the UCLA Bruins Friday night. This should be a great matchup between two powerhouses and the first real test for either team this season. Both teams have March Madness aspirations, and this is the first of many tests for these two schools this season. Look for a great late-night battle between these two on Friday night.

Villanova Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins Schedule

  • Where: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom, Los Angeles, CA
  • When: Friday, November 12, 11:30 PM EST
  • How to Watch: ESPN2

Villanova vs UCLA Vegas Odds

Game Preview

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The Wildcats of Villanova put up 91 points in their season-opening victory on Tuesday night. The Wildcats had four players score in double digits on Tuesday, including Justin Moore. Moore, the junior guard scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats. Jermaine Samuels and Brandon Slater, both senior forwards, put up 17 points apiece. Collin Gillespie, who is also a senior, put up 13 of his own points on Tuesday night. The Wildcats shot 55.4% from the field while collecting 21 assists, 27 rebounds, and two blocked shots. The Wildcats also shot 92.9% from the free-throw line in their opening game.

Mar 27, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright talks to forward Jermaine Samuels (23) in the second half against the Baylor Bears during the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Mandatory Credit: Doug McSchooler-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright talks to forward Jermaine Samuels (23) in the second half against the Baylor Bears during the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Doug McSchooler-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcats defense held their opponent to only 51 points in their first game of the season. The Wildcats defense held Mount St Mary to a field goal percentage of 44.7. Mouth St Mary also hurt themselves by only hitting 75% of their free-throw attempts.

UCLA Bruins – The Second Best Team In The Nation

The UCLA Bruins are coming off a preseason ranking of number two in the nation, behind only the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bruins opened their season by defeating CSU Bakersfield 95-58. The Bruins had five different players in double-digit scoring, with their senior guard, Jules Bernard leading all scorers with 19 points. Johnny Juzang, the other guard, a junior, also added 19 of his own points in the Bruins opening game. Another junior guard, Jaime Jaquex Jr. put up 14 of his own points. Tyger Campbell and Jaylen Clark both added ten points apiece to round out the double-digit scorers for the Bruins. The Bruins have a lot of upperclassmen leadership, especially in the backcourt, while will help them in the long run. The Bruins were able to shoot 50% from the field but made only 76.9% of their free throws, a number that has to be much higher if they wish to succeed this season.

Nov 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA;   UCLA Bruins guard Johnny Juzang (3) is defended by Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners guard Kaleb Higgins (14) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Johnny Juzang (3) is defended by Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners guard Kaleb Higgins (14) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins defense gobbled up 44 rebounds, had seven steals and eight blocked shots in their opening game of the season. On top of those stand-out stats, the Bruins also held their opponent to a field goal percentage of 37.5.

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This should be a great early-season matchup, something we don’t often get to see. The East Coast audience will have to stay up late for this one, but it promises to be a great showdown in Los Angeles. Look for the Bruins to come out victorious, but Villanova to give them a run for their money.

UCLA 94 – Villanova 89

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I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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