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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. California Golden Bears NIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/24/14

California Golden Bears (20-13) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (22-11)

College Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Cal Golden Bears face off on Monday in NIT college basketball action.

The Arkansas Razorbacks knocked off Indiana State last Tuesday to advance to this game in the NIT but after their poor finish to the season playing here is a bit of a letdown. Arkansas is 5-9 away from home this season and 12-2 in non-conference games. Rashad Madden leads the Razorbacks averaging 12.6 points per game. Bobby Portis is averaging 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, Michael Qualls is averaging 11.8 points, and Coty Clarke is averaging 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Arkansas is averaging 80.6 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. Arkansas had won eight of none and had put themselves in position to make the NCAA Tournament until back to back lasses to Alabama and South Carolina sealed their fate.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. California Golden Bears NIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/24/14

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The Cal Golden Bears beat Utah Valley last Wednesday to move on to this game after finishing in a five-way tie for third place in the Pac-12. Cal is 14-4 at home this season including a big win over Arizona and they are 10-5 in non-conference games. Justin Cobbs leads the Golden Bears averaging 15.7 points and 5.8 assists per game. David Kravish is averaging 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds, Tyrone Wallace is averaging 11.2 points, and Richard Solomon is averaging 11 points and 10.2 rebounds. Cal is averaging 72.5 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Cal is 8-11 against teams with a RPI better than 100.

Arkansas is 7-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, and 7-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Cal is 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 5-15-2 against the spread in their last 22 home games against a team with a winning road record, and 0-6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning record. 

My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and despite it being sky hight I am on the over. My stronger pick is going to be on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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