UCLA vs. UNC Asheville: NCAA Tournament Same Game Parlay Picks (3/16)

Mar 16, 2023 - 9:22 AM

The UCLA Bruins lost their third-leading scorer at the end of February, yet they still managed to make it to the Pac-12 final and have a chance to win against the Arizona Wildcats. Because of their depth and experience, the Bruins are huge favorites over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Thursday. What should we expect for the first-round matchup?

Here is the best UCLA vs. UNC Asheville same-game parlay for Thursday, March 16th.

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Leg 1: Over 135.5 (-115)

Both of these teams average about 73 points per game, which is why it’s a bit surprising to see this number so low. The Bruins should have no trouble winning this game, but the Bulldogs should find a way to get into the 60s in this game. If they do, this will go Over.

Of course, getting into the 60s is no guarantee. In their only game against a Power 5 opponent this season, the Bulldogs scored just 51 points against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Yet, we still like this Over because of the efficiency of the Bruins’ offense. They should end up in the high 70s or 80s in this one, and though their defense can be unforgiving, we’re not looking for much from the Bulldogs.

Leg 2: Tyger Campbell Over 4.5 Assists (-115)

Campbell is averaging 4.7 assists per game, and we are confident in his ability to beat his season average against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are allowing 11.6 assists per game, and they allow their opponents to hit 42.8% of their shots.

Campbell has been great for the Bruins in the NCAA Tournament over the past few years. He and Jaime Jaquez Jr. are going to connect quite a few times in this one, and Campbell will finish with closer to seven assists, even if his minutes are limited.

Leg 3: Drew Pember 3+ Three-Pointers (+235)

Let’s take a look at a Bulldog for the final leg of our parlay. Drew Pember is the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 21.2 points per game. That’s 14th-best in Division I. Though the Bruins are going to be one of the best defensive teams that he has faced this season, he is not going to stop shooting in this game.

In the Big South Tournament, Pember averaged over 16 shots per game in three competitions. He also averaged seven three-point attempts per game. Those attempts didn’t always result in success; after all, he only made six all tournament, but he showed that he’s ready to be the key for this team in March. If the Bruins build up a lead, he will shoot threes to get his team back in it. If the Bulldogs don’t get blown out of the gym, it will be because of Pember’s shooting.

Parlay Odds: +700

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