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UCLA-Michigan Prediction and Preview for 3/30/2021

UCLA takes on Michigan on 3/30/2021 at 9:57PM.

UCLA and Michigan predictions are here in this article for you. It is TOURNAMENT TIME! Get excited people. Even if you did not submit a bracket, you can still find value in every game like it is the regular season. UCLA has a record of 21-9 this season. Michigan is 23-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

UCLA Team Defense Preview

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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. 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 108.7 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 0.519, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.55 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.319 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made 0.372 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 0.715 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 29.8% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Michigan 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. 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 doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. Scheduling and defensive approach are why opponents take so few three point shots against them on a relative basis. They feature a decent perimeter defense that is able to force some bad three point shots. They are doing a great job forcing terrible mid-range shots, they are among the leaders in the country at keeping opponents from getting optimal looks at the basket. Nothing will blow you away about their ability to block shots. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

Michigan Team Offense Preview

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Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 112.3 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They like to use ball movement to set up shot attempts in two point range. 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 0.551, which considered to be above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.585 which considered to be above average. They attempt 0.343 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in College Basketball. They made 0.383 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. The Charity Stripe is not an emphasized part of the offense. They made 0.774 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 29.0% 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. sports a 19.5 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. attempted 0.321 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 0.398 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 0.538 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 14.8 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Tyger Campbell attempted 0.236 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Tyger Campbell shot 0.246 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.476 of his two point shots attempted this season. 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

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. 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 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. 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 0.382 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 0.477 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 18.5 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 attempted 0.445 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 0.345 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Johnny Juzang shot 0.481 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. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Johnny Juzang is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Cody Riley 6-9 225 pound Forward

Cody Riley sports 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. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

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. He made 0.552 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. 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

Cody Riley 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.

David Singleton 6-4 210 pound Guard

David Singleton 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

David Singleton this season has 0.748 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 0.47 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. David Singleton shot 0.393 inside the perimeter. 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. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Jalen Hill 6-10 245 pound Forward

Jalen Hill sports 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. Jalen Hill shot 0.556 inside the perimeter. 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 Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Michigan

Mike Smith 5-11 185 pound Guard

Mike Smith sports a 13.8 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Mike Smith attempted 0.373 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. Mike Smith shot 0.421 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Mike Smith shot 0.422 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Mike Smith 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.

Franz Wagner 6-9 220 pound Guard

Franz Wagner sports 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

Franz Wagner this season has 0.392 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 0.357 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Franz Wagner shot 0.579 inside the perimeter. 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.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Franz Wagner 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. 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.

Eli Brooks 6-1 185 pound Guard

Eli Brooks has a 16.1 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

Eli Brooks attempted 0.473 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 0.4 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. Eli Brooks shot 0.453 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Eli Brooks is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Eli Brooks 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. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Eli Brooks is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Isaiah Livers 6-7 230 pound Forward

Isaiah Livers has a 20.4 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

Isaiah Livers attempted 0.52 of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.431 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. Isaiah Livers shot 0.486 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer 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.

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

Isaiah Livers 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. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Hunter Dickinson 7-1 255 pound Center

Hunter Dickinson sports a 26.7 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. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Hunter Dickinson this season has 0.016 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.0 of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Hunter Dickinson shot 0.611 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.

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 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

Hunter Dickinson 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.

Chaundee Brown 6-5 215 pound Guard

Chaundee Brown has a 15.8 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Chaundee Brown attempted 0.545 of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Chaundee Brown shot 0.411 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 0.573 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.

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

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.

UCLA vs. Michigan Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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