After considering everything that has happened over the course of the last few weeks, this game was extremely hard to pick. In the end, I had to go with UCLA to pull out a rather close win over the Jackets.
I expect this game to have moments where it is extremely poor basketball, a lot of turnovers, missed shots and could be hard to watch in general. At other times, each team will show their potential. Overall, it should be a rather close game without, with both teams missing notable players.
That being said, UCLA the choice as they still have their two best players on the court. The Jackets are missing two of their best in Okogie and Jackson which will be extremely hard to replace on Saturday without big games from the freshmen and of course Ben Lammers.
It’s not totally an impossibility that the Jackets can pull off the upset but a lot will have to go right for them to do so. But for now, UCLA gets the nod from me when considering that they still have their two best players and a ton of depth compared to the Jacket just having Ben Lammers and not nearly the same amount of depth.