California vs. Arizona State - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona State Sun Devils (11-7) at California Golden Bears (12-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -5.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Thursday in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The California Golden Bears are 12-6 this season and they have lost their last three games. Cal is averaging 75.5 points per game and they are shooting 47.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.9 points and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. Tyrone Wallace leads the Bears averaging 15.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, Jordan Mathews is averaging 12.9 points, and Ivan Rabb is averaging 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds. Cal is 11-0 at home this season and 2-3 against the Pac-12.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils are 11-7 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. ASU is averaging 76.2 points per game and they are shooting 42.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.1 points and their opponents are shooting 44 percent. Tra Holder leads the Sun Devils averaging 16.2 points per game. Gerry Blakes is averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, Willie Atwood is averaging 10.6 and 5.4 rebounds, and Savon Goodman is averaging 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds. Arizona State is 2-3 on the road and 1-4 in the Pac-12.
Cal is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, and 1-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Arizona State is 8-17-1 against the spread in their last 26 road games, 1-6 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered the point spread in 19 of the last 26 meetings of these two.
This looks like a big number but I don’t like the other option so Cal is my play here.