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Today’s Ultimate NCAAF Fantasy Picks from QB to Flex.
QB – Dorian Thomson-Robinson – UCLA
UT – Christoher Brown Jr – California
UT – Greg Dulcich – UCLA
UT – Nikko Remigio – California
UT – Kyle Phillips – UCLA
UT – Kekoa Crawford – California
Preview: USC at UCLA
The stakes are always high when cross-town rivals USC and UCLA square off, but Thursday’s Pac-12 game at Pauley Pavilion brings a bit of added significance. The Trojans and Bruins are tied for fifth in the conference, one game behind Utah in their bid to receive a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament with each having a road game against the Utes remaining.
UCLA is in this position thanks to sophomore guard Jaylen Hands, who scored all his career-high 27 points in the second half as the Bruins erased a 19-point deficit en route to a 90-83 victory over Oregon on Saturday. “We’ve just got to figure out, how can we package that second half,” interim UCLA coach Murry Bartow told reporters. “If we can figure out how to tie a ribbon around the second half as we move forward, then we’re a pretty good basketball team.” USC missed all six of its free-throw attempts – the first time in school history it didn’t record a point from the line – in a 67-62 loss to Oregon State on Saturday in its final home game of the regular season. The Trojans snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with an 80-67 victory Jan. 19 behind 21 points apiece from senior forward Bennie Boatwright and junior forward Nick Rakocevic.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
ABOUT USC (15-13, 8-7 Pac-12): Boatwright is third in the conference in scoring (team-high 18.3 points), and is shooting 65.5 percent from 3-point range in the last three games and 58.7 percent on 46 attempts over his past six contests. Rakocevic (15.1 points) leads the Pac-12 with 13 double-doubles and is third in rebounding (team-high 9.4) but recorded only four points versus Oregon State and a total of five boards in his last two games. Freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. (9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds) registered his first career double-double with 11 points and a personal-best 10 rebounds Saturday, and has reached double-figure scoring in three of his last four contests.
ABOUT UCLA (15-13, 8-7): Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (team-high 17.2 points) has reached double figures in 26-of-28 games this season, with both misses coming in the last six contests, and scored 20 or more for the ninth time with 20 versus Oregon. Hands (13.5 points), who has averaged 21.4 points while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in his last five contests, leads the Pac-12 with 6.4 assists per game. Junior guard Prince Ali (9.6 points) averaged only 3.3 points in four games before missing the last two with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
1. The Trojans lead the Pac-12 with 16.4 assists per game and are 14-0 this season when recording at least 16.
2. UCLA shot 63.6 percent from 3-point range Saturday – it’s most prolific game since shooting a school-record 76.5 percent in a 95-79 victory over Northwestern in Las Vegas on Nov. 29, 2013.
3. Boatwright, Rakocevic and junior G Jonah Mathews (12.5 points) account for 58.4 percent of USC’s points.
Preview: Oregon State at UCLA
Oregon State is fresh off its first season sweep of rival Oregon in nine years. The Beavers are now eyeing another sweep Thursday when they visit UCLA.
Beating the Bruins, though, at home (79-66 on Jan. 13) and on the road would be even more notable as that hasn’t happened in 31 years. In the meantime, Oregon State has second place all to itself in the Pac-12 – sitting a half-game ahead of Arizona State and Utah – and coach Wayne Tinkle knows his team has plenty of work to do over the final six games of the regular season. “(Sweeping Oregon) is a good start,” Tinkle said Saturday in his post-game news conference. “We just have to bring our hard hats and lunch pails every day.” UCLA also has work to do to get itself out of its current tailspin, having lost four of its last five games and seven of 10 since a 3-0 Pac-12 start.
TV: 11 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
ABOUT OREGON STATE (16-8, 8-4): The 72-57 win over the Ducks was the Beavers’ fourth win in their last five games, ensuring the program’s best 12-game conference start since the 1990-91 squad began 11-1. Forward Tres Tinkle (20.1 points per game) and guards/brothers Stephen Thompson Jr. (16.3) and Ethan Thompson (13.7) account for more than two-thirds (67.6 percent) of Oregon State’s scoring and each of the three also averages at least 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. As a team, the Beavers rank second in the conference in field-goal percentage (47.0) and assists per game (15.2) but bring up the rear in 3-point accuracy at 32.3 percent.
ABOUT UCLA (13-13, 6-7): Points haven’t been the problem for the Bruins who are averaging a conference-best 79.6 in Pac-12 play. Rather, sloppy ball handling (league-most 16.2 turnovers in conference action), off-target free-throw shooting (conference-worst 62.8 percent for the season) and poor defense (79.5 points surrendered per Pac-12 contest) have been UCLA’s downfalls, and its 104-80 loss at Stanford last Saturday night is only the latest example. Guards Kris Wilkes (17.3 points), Jaylen Hands (13.0) and center Moses Brown (10.5) are the Bruins’ leading scorers while Hands leads the team – and the Pac-12 – with 6.2 assists per outing.
1. The Thompson brothers had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists apiece in Oregon State’s Jan. 13 win over UCLA while Wilkes scored a game-high 21 for the Bruins.
2. UCLA has won 13 of the last 14 against Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion, with the lone Beavers victory during that span coming on March 5, 2016.
3. Tres Tinkle is the only Pac-12 player to rank in the top 10 in scoring (second), rebounding (fifth), assists (eighth) and steals (second).
Preview: Michigan State vs. UCLA
Michigan State has won preseason tournaments in three of the last five seasons including the Victory Bracket of the prestigious PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore., last season, rolling past North Carolina in the championship game. The 11th-ranked Spartans are focused on bringing home another trophy this week, but it won’t be easy as they open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic with a semifinal game against No. 17 UCLA on Thanksgiving night.
No. 6 North Carolina and Texas are on the other side of the bracket so it could take two top-20 wins within the span of 24 hours for the Spartans to take home the hardware. Either way, it figures to help toughen up Michigan State for the battles that lie ahead in a very deep Big Ten Conference race. “It’s just building that championship mentality, learning what it feels like to win a championship,” guard Cassius Winston, who took home MVP honors last year at the PK80 Tourney, told the Detroit News. “That’s the mindset we’re trying to get this week.” That means first getting past a UCLA squad that has won its first four games by an average of 22 points and presents a big problem in 7-1 freshman center Moses Brown, who is averaging 17.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (3-1): The Spartans have bounced back from a 92-87 loss to then-No. 1 Kansas in the Champions Classic to win three straight games over Florida Gulf Coast (106-82), Louisiana-Monroe (80-59) and Tennessee Tech (101-33) without breaking much of a sweat. Winston leads the team in scoring (17.3) and assists (7.0) after averaging 12.6 points and a Big Ten-best 6.9 assists last season. Junior guard Joshua Langford is second in scoring (17.0), while 6-8, 245-pound junior forward Nick Ward, considered an NBA prospect, is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
ABOUT UCLA (4-0): The Bruins surprisingly struggled in an 80-65 win over Presbyterian on Monday night, watching a 24-point second half lead dwindle to just three points thanks to a pair of 11-0 runs by the Blue Hose and 21 turnovers. “Really disappointed with the first 15 minutes of the second half,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we were making growth in the first half and then we took about two steps back in the second half.” Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands scored 19 points to lead the Bruins, while 6-10 freshman forward Jalen Hill grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds.
1. UCLA leads the series 6-2, although this marks the first meeting between the schools since the Bruins edged the Spartans 78-76 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
2. Brown is the first UCLA freshman to record double-doubles in his first three games.
3. Winston, Ward and Langford have combined to start 168 games in their career at Michigan State and are averaging a combined 49.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.5 assists so far this season.
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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Washington Huskies College Football Fantasy Preview 12-26-2015
The Heart of Dallas Bowl will pit the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and Washington Huskies competing Dallas Texas. Daily fantasy football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday December 26th at 2:20PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their DFS roster picks.
The Washington Huskies have built a very good defensive team under Chris Peterson in his second year with the program. Peterson received a two year contract extension so he will be focused to have his defense ready here. They are the 12th rated scoring defense from college football limiting teams to just 17.8 points per game. That is a very good feat considering the Huskies compete in the PAC 12 conference with several high octane offenses.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were a good story as they become bowl eligible at 9-4 after several down seasons. They faced a very weak schedule but when they faced good defensive teams they scored 16 points against Mississippi St and just 10 points at Marshall.
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The Las Vegas odds have the Washington Huskies favored by -8 ½ points. They feel that Washington behind their strong defense and strength in their front seven will be able to contain this Southern Miss offense. That is a very high line for a 6-6 team facing a 9-4 one. It represents how much respect many professional have for this Huskies defense despite being very limited on the offensive side of the football. In their past two games the Huskies allowed just 7 points at Oregon and 10 points at home in the Apple Cup against Washington St.
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UCLA Bruins vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Real Money College Football Fantasy Preview 12-26-2015
It’s the Foster Farms bowl with the UCLA Bruins facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers from Santa Clara California. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 9:15PM Eastern Time on Saturday December 26th to follow the results of their fantasy football roster picks.
This has the potential of being a very high scoring game. Both teams has red flags on defense that raises the possibility of this game being profitable for fantasy football draft managers looking for points on offense. UCLA faced good defensive teams down the stretch that suppressed their offensive production. The Bruins have plenty of playmakers on the offensive side of the football. The team is 25th in all of college football in passing offense as they averaged 286.5 yards per game. The Bruins piled up points against the likes of Cal, Stanford, Colorado, Arizona, Virginia and Oregon St. The UCLA defense is leaky and very weak against the run so expect many possessions from both teams in this matchup.
Nebraska is 5-7 as the team had a -14 turnover margin by making many mistakes on the campaign. A glaring weakness for the Cornhuskers has been their pass defense by allowing 288 yards per game through the air which is 122nd in all of college football. The issue with this poor pass defense is the Cornhuskers faced many offensively challenged teams in the Big Ten conference west division.
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Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen in his first year with the program completed 59.5% of his throws for 3350 yards with 20 touchdowns and 9 picks. Nebraska doesn’t put enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks and when Rosen has time in the pocket he can be lethal throwing to his playmakers in the passing game. He had three touchdown passes on Cal, Stanford and Virginia on the year.
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UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 11-28-2015
The PAC 12 South division in on the line in the cross-town rivalry game as the USC Trojans will be hosting the UCLA Bruins. College football fantasy draft GMs can tune to ABC TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time on Saturday November 28th to follow the results of their roster picks.
UCLA enters this game with a record of 8-3. They showed some heart last week going into a hostile road venue at Utah and coming away with the 17-9 victory. Bruins defense has been very disappointing for much of the season with their poor ability to defend the run. They allowed about 4 yards a carry on the ground to the Utes but held Utah to only 110 yards passing. The run game for UCLA got grounded with 105 yards on 38 carries but they got just enough from their passing game to squeak out a huge win.
USC is 7-4 as they suffered a 48-28 road defeat at the Oregon Ducks last week. It broke a four game win streak for the Trojans as the dynamic passing attack by Oregon done in the Trojans. Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams threw for 407 yards and six touchdown passes. The Trojans were able to run for nearly 5 yards a carry on Oregon which is a positive to take into this game against a Bruins team weak in that area.
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UCLA Bruins RB:
The Bruins senior running back has been a workhorse by averaging nearly 24 carries over his past three games. He has rushed for 1180 yards this year for 5.7 yards per carry average. He had a nice game against Washington St two weeks ago where he rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries as he averaged 6 yards per attempt.
USC Trojans WR:
Smith leads the Trojans with 68 catches for 1217 yards with ten touchdowns. He has been outstanding at home with 138 receiving yards against Arizona, 143 against Utah and 153 against Stanford scoring a touchdown reception in each game.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys
College Football Fantasy Preview 11-28-2015
The Bedlam rivalry game features the Oklahoma St Cowboys playing host to the Oklahoma Sooners. DFS GMs can tune to ABC TV at 8PM Eastern Time on Saturday November 28th to follow the results of their fantasy draft roster for one day leagues.
There is a lot at stake for this Oklahoma team that is in the playoff picture. The Sooners‘ body of work has impressed the committee and a win against the Cowboys would be another feather in their cap. The Sooners since their loss to Texas has won six straight games including a 30-29 home victory to TCU last week as they defended a two point conversion in the closing seconds to seal the win. Sooners are the third rated offense in college football as they score 44.6 points per game.
Oklahoma St is 10-1 and took a recent loss as they dropped a 45-35 home decision to Baylor to kick them out of the playoff picture at the moment. This Cowboys team is also high scoring as they push across 42.8 points per game ranking seventh best in the nation.
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Oklahoma Sooners QB:
The Sooners junior quarterback is completing 68.7% of his throws this year for 3209 yards with 33 touchdowns and five picks. He had 107 yards receiving and two touchdown throws in the win against TCU last week.
Oklahoma St Cowboys WR:
Washington has been a big play receiver for the Cowboys as he has 45 catches for 908 yards with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 20.2 yards per catch on the season.