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UCLA vs. Alabama Prediction, Picks, and Preview for 3/28/2021

UCLA takes on Alabama on 3/28/2021 at 7:15PM.

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UCLA Team Defense Preview

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Their defense is above average relative to other teams. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is. Defensively, they are above average at stifling opponent ball movement. Opponents are a little bit disjointed against them. Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. There is greater diversity of shot selection against them. Not a team that faces a heavy barrage of three point shots. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of the three point shots of their opposition. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents inside the perimeter. This is not a team that excels at shot blocking. Either the personnel or strategy is not there. This is an elite level defensive rebounding team. Falling more than two standard deviations from the mean, this is impressive and indicative of a team that should have more on the horizon.

UCLA Team Offense Preview

Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 108.8 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. This is a smooth running offense and the players make good decisions on the floor. This typically goes hand-in-hand with strong shot selection and higher Field Goal percentages.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.522, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.552 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.316 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made 0.374 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. Getting to the Free Throw Line is a neutral part of the offensive mindset and approach. They made 0.711 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 30.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Alabama Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. Want to score against this defense? They are not going to make it easy. If your movement without the ball and ball movement is not good, you will need to rely more heroic plays and challenging drives to the basket. Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. This defense discourages three point shots a bit more than others. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. This is a decent interior defense or schemed defense that is able to force more mid-range shots. Nothing will blow you away about their ability to block shots. This is an average defensive rebounding team, this is not a death knell for the team, but they should strive to be better.

Alabama Team Offense Preview

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You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 106.7, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.518, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.546 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.467 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the country. They made 0.355 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. The Charity Stripe is not an emphasized part of the offense. They made 0.719 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 31.9% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The UCLA Roster

The Players to Watch for UCLA

Jaime Jaquez Jr. 6-6 220 pound Guard

Jaime Jaquez Jr. has a 19.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jaime Jaquez Jr. this season has 0.314 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.402 of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.536 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jaime Jaquez Jr. has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jaime Jaquez Jr. is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Tyger Campbell 5-11 180 pound Guard

Tyger Campbell sports a 14.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Tyger Campbell attempted 0.24 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Tyger Campbell shot 0.25 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Tyger Campbell shot 0.468 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Tyger Campbell is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Tyger Campbell is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jules Bernard 6-6 205 pound Guard

Jules Bernard has a 17.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jules Bernard this season has 0.363 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Jules Bernard shot 0.402 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Jules Bernard shot 0.493 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Johnny Juzang 6-6 210 pound Guard

Johnny Juzang has a 18.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Johnny Juzang this season has 0.451 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.353 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Johnny Juzang shot 0.491 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Cody Riley 6-9 225 pound Forward

Cody Riley has a 19.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Cody Riley attempted 0.01 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Cody Riley shot 0.0 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Cody Riley shot 0.555 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

David Singleton 6-4 210 pound Guard

David Singleton sports a 12.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

David Singleton this season has 0.745 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. David Singleton shot 0.456 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.37 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, David Singleton is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

David Singleton has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but David Singleton is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jalen Hill 6-10 245 pound Forward

Jalen Hill has a 22.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jalen Hill this season has 0.0 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made nan of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.556 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Jalen Hill has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

The Alabama Roster

The Players to Watch for Alabama

John Petty 6-5 184 pound Guard

John Petty has a 16.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

John Petty this season has 0.636 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. John Petty shot 0.373 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. John Petty shot 0.513 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

John Petty has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Jaden Shackelford 6-3 200 pound Guard

Jaden Shackelford sports a 17.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Jaden Shackelford this season has 0.493 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Jaden Shackelford shot 0.346 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Jaden Shackelford shot 0.476 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jaden Shackelford has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jaden Shackelford is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Herb Jones 6-8 210 pound Forward

Herb Jones sports a 20.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Herb Jones this season has 0.191 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.37 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.463 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Herb Jones has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Jahvon Quinerly 6-1 175 pound Guard

Jahvon Quinerly sports a 18.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Jahvon Quinerly attempted 0.411 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.442 of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.519 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Jahvon Quinerly is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Joshua Primo 6-6 190 pound Guard

Joshua Primo sports a 13.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Joshua Primo this season has 0.577 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Joshua Primo shot 0.394 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.488 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Keon Ellis 6-6 170 pound Guard

Keon Ellis sports a 16.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Keon Ellis attempted 0.456 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.385 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Keon Ellis shot 0.581 inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Keon Ellis has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Alex Reese 6-9 230 pound Forward

Alex Reese has a 13.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Alex Reese this season has 0.689 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Alex Reese shot 0.279 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Alex Reese shot 0.564 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Alex Reese has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Alex Reese is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jordan Bruner 6-10 225 pound Forward

Jordan Bruner has a 19.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Jordan Bruner this season has 0.6 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.317 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.595 of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Jordan Bruner has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

UCLA vs. Alabama Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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