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Arizona Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Predictions 2/26/14

California Golden Bears (18-9) at Arizona Wildcats (25-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Arizona Wildcats and the Cal Golden Bears face off on Wednesday at the McKale Center in Pac-12 college basketball.

The Arizona Wildcats are in first place in the Pac-12 and they are ranked third in the nation. Arizona has won four of their last five and are 16-0 at home this season and have a two game lead in the Pac-12 standings. Nick Johnson leads the Wildcats averaging 16 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, Brandon Ashley is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. Arizona is averaging 73.4 poits and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.9 points and their opponents are shooting 37.9 percent. Arizona will be looking to avenge their loss on February 1st at Cal.

Arizona Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Predictions 2/26/14

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The Cal Golden Bears have won three of their last four games and they are tied for third place in the Pac-12 standings. Cal is 9-5 in the Pac-12, 6-6 away from home, and 104 against teams ranked in the top 25. Justin Cobbs leads the Bears averaging 15.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 11.7 points, David Kravish is averaging 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Richard Solomon is averaging 11.3 points and 10.0 rebounds. Cal is averaging 74.7 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Cal is looking to build their resume for any shot of making the NCAA Tournament.

Arizona is 11-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 17-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Cal is 3-7 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600. The underdog is 4-0-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Arizona is the better team and I expect them to get payback but at the same time this is a bundle of points and the Cats aren’t the best cover team around. 

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Cal Golden Bears +13.5

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