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

California Golden Bears (21-8) at Arizona Wildcats (22-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -6 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The 25th ranked California Bears will travel to the McKale Center to take on the 18th ranked Arizona Wildcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The 25th ranked California Bears won their 7th straight game and improved to 21-8 (11-5 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the USC Trojans, 87-65, this past Sunday. California was able to get out to a 44-30 halftime lead and had a 29-point lead at one point in the 2nd half in the victory. California shot 47.7% from the field and outrebounded USC by a 45-39 margin in the win. The Bears held the Trojans to 40.0% shooting from the field and 33.3% (3-9) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for California was Ivan Rabb who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Bears have been led by Jaylen Brown (15.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), Tyrone Wallace (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.4 apg), and Jordan Mathews (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, California is averaging 75.7 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, California is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 38.9% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 7.1 and have a turnover margin of -3.0.

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

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The 18th ranked Arizona Wildcats lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 22-7 (10-6 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Utah Utes, 70-64, this past Saturday. Utah was able to get out to a 40-29 halftime lead and was able to hang on after a big three-pointer by Brandon Taylor with less than a minute left to play. Arizona shot 42.6% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats allowed the Utes to shoot 49.2% from the field and outrebounded Utah by a 37-34 margin. Leading the way for Arizona was Allonzo Trier who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Ryan Anderson (15.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg), Allonzo Trier (15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Gabe York (14.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Arizona is averaging 81.1 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, Arizona is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg on 41.6% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 10.7 and have a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Golden Bears are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 14 home games and however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

California has some of the best young talent in the Pac-12 and although they started off a bit slow, the Bears have been outstanding as of late as over their last 5 games they are averaging 80.6 ppg and holding their opponents 67.2 ppg. Arizona couldn’t get a win on the road against Colorado or Utah, but still one of the best teams in the country as they rank 20th in scoring offense and 4th in rebound margin. Arizona is 15-1 at home this season and although California is just 3-6 away from home, I think this is different Bears team that we saw early in conference play and I think California will be able to at least cover with the points. Take California and the points. 

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