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Rebound on Offense
The Huskies have had only eight of 25 games in which they've collected double digits in offensive rebounds. Since losing Quade Green, it's been just two games with that many rebounds: 14 against California and 17 against Oregon. The worst performance,with Green in the lineup, was two offensive boards against Gonzaga. Rebounds mean second-chance scoring opportunities, and second-chance opportunities can mean more points, and more points means more wins.
Get Rid of the Zone
The zone can work with the right people and when executed properly, which has not been the case this season. When Washington ran the zone against the Bruins at home, it left the 3-pointer wide open for UCLA, allowing 10 of them, with Jake Kyman accounting for seven. Man-to-man defense is better in terms of stopping long-range shooters and not getting burned, which has been a problem for the Huskies all season.
Take Good Looks from Behind the Arc
UCLA is one of the worst when it comes to defending the 3-pointer, allowing teams 40-percent success. The Huskies' Isaiah Stewart is a well-known workhorse that guarantees a double-team. That will open up much more good looks from the 3-point range and this can’t be afraid to take those. Making them is another matter.
My Spread Prediction: -5 UCLA
My Over/Under Prediction: 135