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UCLA vs. Oregon State: Bruins look to pull out of skid

The Bruins head to Corvallis to face the Beavers in Pac-12 opener.

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The UCLA Bruins take on the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-12 matchup on Wednesday, December 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET from Corvallis, Oregon.

UCLA (5-6, 0-0 Pac-12) is on a downward spiral. The Bruins have lost their last four games and five of their last six, falling to Maryland, Cal State Northridge, and Ohio State in that stretch. They rank 84th overall at KenPom, with their saving grace coming in their top-40 ranking in adjusted defensive efficiency.

The Bruins average just 66.9 points per game, placing them well past the top 250 in the nation. They shoot just 41.4% from the field and less than 30% from the perimeter. They are one of the highest-fouling teams in the country, averaging 19.9 whistles per game. Sebastian Mack leads the team with 15.2 points per game, and Adem Bona contrinbutes 6.5 rebounds per game.

Oregon State (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12) has won their last five in a row, but they’ve faced a fairly easy schedule between Idaho State, Cal Poly, and Utah Valley in that time. Their losses have come against Nebraska, Baylor, and Pitt.

The Beavers, led by Jordan Pope (16.9 ppg, 3.4 apg), rank 192nd at KenPom. They struggle with many of the same woes that UCLA has — the Beavers also average 19.9 personal fouls per game and land outside the top 200 in points scored per game with 70.5. Their defense is not quite at UCLA’s level, falling outside the top 100 in adjusted efficiency at KenPom.

This will be UCLA’s shot at starting conference play on a positive note and breaking their losing streak. They hit the road, which makes things more challenging, but the Bruins’ defense should be able to hold back Oregon State enough to get them to 1-0 in Pac-12 play.

UCLA vs. Oregon State odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: UCLA -6
Total: 128.5
Moneyline: UCLA -278, Oregon State +225

Pick: UCLA -6