UCLA vs. Cal - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (11-5) at UCLA Bruins (9-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Pauley Pavilion)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -7 -- Over/Under: 135.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The UCLA Bruins and the Cal Golden Bears face off on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The UCLA Bruins are 9-7 this season and they are coming off of an overtime win against Stanford that ended a five game losing streak. UCLA is averaging 72.8 points per game and they are shooting 46.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Bryce Alford leads the Bruins averaging 15.6 points and 5.8 assists per game. Norman Powell is averaging 14.8 points, Kevon Looney is averaging 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, and Isaac Hamilton is averaging 11.6 points. UCLA is 8-1 at home this season.
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The Cal Golden Bears are 11-5 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Cal is averaging 68.2 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Tyrone Wallace leads the Golden Bears averaging 18.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Jordan Mathews is averaging 15.1 points, David Kravish is averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Christian Beherens is averaging 6.4 points. Cal is 2-1 on the road this season.
UCLA is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-7 against the spread I their last eight games. Cal is 2-7-1 against the spread following a loss, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 3-14 against the spread against the Pac-12. The home team has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
The total is on the high side but both of these teams are offense first so I see this one going over the total. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.