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Arizona State vs. California - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (21-9) at Arizona State Sun Devils (15-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)

The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +3.5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The 25th ranked California Golden Bears will travel to Wells Fargo Arena (AZ) to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The 25th ranked California Golden Bears had their 7-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 21-9 (11-6 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the 18th ranked Arizona Wildcats, 64-61, this past Thursday. California played Arizona tough and had a 61-53 lead with under two minutes to play, however, allowed Arizona to come back and get the win after Gabe York hit a couple big three-pointers for the Wildcats. California shot 36.5% from the field and outrebounded Arizona by a 44-31 margin. The Golden Bears allowed the Wildcats to shoot 41.4% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 13-10 margin. Leading the way for California was Ivan Rabb who had a double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, the Golden Bears have been led by Jaylen Brown (15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Tyrone Wallace (14.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.3 apg), and Jordan Matthews (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, California is averaging 75.2 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Bears average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, California is holding their opponents to average 66.6 ppg on 39.0% shooting. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of 7.3 and have a turnover margin of -3.0.

Arizona State vs. California - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arizona State Sun Devils snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 15-15 (5-12 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Stanford Cardinals, 74-64, this past Thursday. Arizona State jumped all over Stanford early in this one and was able to get the double-digit victory after taking a 37-22 halftime lead. Arizona State shot 42.6% from the field and outrebounded Stanford by a 38-27 margin. The Sun Devils allowed the Cardinals to shoot 47.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin. Leading the way for Arizona State was Tra Holder who had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Sun Devils have been led by Tra Holder (14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Gerry Blakes (10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Savon Goodman (9.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Offensively, Arizona State is averaging 73.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Sun Devils average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 46.1% shooting. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Golden Bears are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win. The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

California might have lost to at Arizona but they showed how dangerous this young team could be in the NCAA Tournament as they have a defense that ranks 13th in defensive FG% and 25th in rebound margin. Arizona State has struggled during the 2nd half of their season as they’ve won only 4 of their last 17 games and have struggled defensively throughout the season as they rank 302nd in defensive FG%. Arizona State always plays better at home but the Golden Bears are the more talented team in this one and as they are playing as well as they have all season, I think California will be able to cover this small spread on the road.  

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