Check out why we think the UCLA Bruins NCAA Tournament experience will help them prevail over the Northwestern Wildcats.
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UCLA (-7.5) over Northwestern
Jaylen Clark’s absence may ultimately prevent the Bruins from winning their first national title since 1995, but this battle-tested group with Final Four experience will still make noise in the tournament.
Only an elite offense can do damage against a UCLA defense that still ranks among the nation’s best. Northwestern doesn’t come close to qualifying.
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The Wildcats’ poor shooting — ranked 286th in true shooting percentage — and lack of playmaking will result in multiple multi-minute scoreless stretches.