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Utah Utes vs. California Golden Bears - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (23-9) vs. Utah Utes (25-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm (MGM Grand)

The Line: Utah Utes -- See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC-12 Network

The California Golden Bears will play the Utah Utes in the semi-finals of the PAC-12 Tournament.

The Utah Utes are 25-7 (13-5) and are the #2 seed in the PAC-12 tournament. Utah is coming off of a win against USC by a score of 80-72 in their first game of the tournament. Utah defeated California at home by a score of 73-64 in these two teams second meeting of the season. Utah is averaging 78.1 points per game while giving up 68.2 points per game. Utah is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 15.9 assists per game. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 17.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game for Utah. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 11.8 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Utes. Utah is shooting 70.9% on free throws, 35.9% on three-pointers, and 48.9% on all field goal attempts.

Utah Utes vs. California Golden Bears - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The California Golden Bears are 23-9 (12-6) and are the #3 seed in the PAC-12 tournament. California is coming off of a win against Oregon State by a score of 76-68 in their first game of the tournament. California defeated Utah at home by a score of 71-58 in these two teams first meeting of the season. California is averaging 75 points per game while giving up 66.5 points per game. California is also averaging 40.3 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.3 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for California. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.2 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for the Golden Bears. California is shooting 65.7% on free throws, 36.9% on three-pointers, and 46.3% on all field goal attempts.

This should be a very tight game between two good teams in the PAC-12. Both of these teams have been playing very well in recent games and were able to split the season series, with both teams winning at home. Utah has the slightly higher scoring offense, while California has the slightly better defense. California has the rebounding advantage, while Utah is the better shooting team. I look for this game to go either way, so I am going to take the points here. 

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California Golden Bears +2

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