California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/19/14
UCLA Bruins (20-5) at California Golden Bears (17-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Cal Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins face off on Wednesday in Haas Pavilion is Pac-12 college basketball.
The Cal Golden Bears have won three of their last four games and they have moved into a tie for third place in the Pac-12 standings. Cal is 8-4 in the Pac-12 and 11-2 at home this season. Justin Cobbs is the bears leading scorer averaging 16 points and 6.0 rebounds. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 12.1 points, Richard Solomon is averaging 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, and David Kravish is averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Cal is averaging 74.9 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. A win here would go a long way towards building Cal’s NCAA Tournament resume.
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The UCLA Bruins have won three in a row and six of their last seven games and they are ranked 23rd in the nation. UCLA is 5-4 away from home and 9-3 in Pac-12 play and they are in second place in the conference. Jordan Adams is averaging 17.1 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Kyle Anderson is averaging 15.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, Norman Powell is averaging 11.4 points, and Zach LaVine is averaging 10.5 points. UCLA is averaging 83.1 points and they are shooting 49.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. UCLA is looking to improve their seeding in March Madness.
Cal is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games following a game that they covered the point spread, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and 6-2 against the spread following a win. UCLA is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Cal is favored here after they beat then unbeaten Arizona at home but UCLA is the better team here and getting points with them is something I have to take.
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