Utah Utes vs. California Golden Bears - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (14-6) at Utah Utes (15-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
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The California Golden Bears will travel to play the Utah Utes in a Pac-12 game on Wednesday.
The Utah Utes are 15-5 (4-3) and are coming off of a win against Washington by a score of 80-75. Utah has won 3 games in a row and is currently tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 standings. Utah is averaging 78.8 points per game while giving up 69.6 points per game. Utah is also averaging 39.3 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 16.9 points per game and 9 rebounds per game for Utah. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 11.8 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Utes. Utah is shooting 71.8% on free throws, 34.8% on three-pointers, and 48.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The California Golden Bears are 14-6 (4-3) and are coming off of a win against Arizona by a score of 74-73. California has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 standings. Cal is averaging 75.4 points per game while giving up 66.5 points per game. Cal is also averaging 39.5 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game. Tyrone Wallace is the leading scorer for Cal, but is out for this game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 15 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Golden Bears. Cal is shooting 66.3% on free throws, 35.6% on three-pointers, and 47.3% on all field goal attempts.
California defeated Utah by a score of 71-58 on January 3rd. Cal led by 4 points at halftime and was able to pull away in the second half. Jakob Poeltl led Utah with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ivan Rabb led Cal with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cal out rebounded Utah by a total of 39-28 and added 15 assists in their victory.
California is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. California is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a victory. The over is 4-0 in Cal’s last 4 games. Utah is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. Utah is 21-5 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a losing road record. The under is 7-1 in Utah’s last 8 conference games.
Both of these teams come into this game on small winning streaks and are looking to breakaway from the logjam for 3rd place in the Pac-12. While Cal got the better of Utah in their last game, Utah will enjoy the home court advantage in this game. Utah has seemed to find their stride in their last few games, and I look for that to continue in this game.