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California Golden Bears vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/29/14

Arizona State Sun Devils (15-5) at California Golden Bears (14-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Cal Golden Bears and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Wednesday at Haas Pavillion in Pac-12 college basketball.

The Cal Golden Bears have lost their last two games after having started their Pac-12 schedule at 5-0. Cal is tied for second place in the conference standings and they have gone 10-0 at home this season. Justin Cobbs leads the Bears averaging 15.2 points and 6.2 assists per game. Richard Solomon is averaging 11.8 points and 10.6 rebounds, David Kravish is averaging 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace is averaging 11.2 points. Cal is averaging 75.7 points and they are shooting 46.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 68 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Cal has played the 68th ranked schedule in the nation.

California Golden Bears vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/29/14

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The Arizona State Sun Devils have won their last two games and they sit at 4-3 in Pac-12 play this season. ASU is 3-4 away from home and they have played the 85th ranked schedule in the country. Jahii Carson is averaging 18.4 points per game to lead the Sun Devils in scoring. Jermaine Marshall is averaging 15 points, Jordan Bachynski is averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds, and Shaquielle McKissic is averaging 8.5 points. Arizona State is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. Arizona State is tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 standings.

Cal is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, 5-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. Arizona State is 4-1 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four Wednesday games.

Cal is five point favorites here and while the number seems to be dialed in I give them the mild edge here in what is just a lean. 

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Cal Golden Bears -5

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