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Arizona Wildcats vs. Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-0) at Arizona Wildcats (1-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -18.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds


Down at McKale Memorial Center in Tucson on Tuesday, we’ve got college basketball activity looming between the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and the Arizona Wildcats. 

Cal State Bakersfield comes into this game with a 1-0 record on the year, winning their opener against San Diego Christian 96-54. The Roadrunners scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed, leading by 14 points at the half. Cal State Bakersfield also closed on a 22-5 run that essentially iced the game. 

Arizona Wildcats vs. Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Shon Briggs led the Roadrunners with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Damiyne Durham put up 20 points with 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Jaylin Airington and Dedrick Basile also finished in double-figures; Airington put up 15 points and Basile had 11 for the Roadrunners. 

Arizona opened their 2016-17 season with a 65-63 win over the Michigan State Spartans, and now the Wildcats are 1-0 to start things out. Kadeem Allen helped seal the victory for Arizona in the closing seconds, scoring with just 1.3 ticks left on the clock. It was a nice turnaround for the Wildcats, who were down by double digits early. 

Allen would finish with 10 points, three steals and two rebounds for Arizona, while Kobi Simmons led the team’s scoring on 18 points and one assist. Lauri Markkanen was also in double figures for the Wildcats, scoring 13 points and adding six rebounds with a steal. 

Cal State Bakersfield is 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win, and 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Cal State Bakersfield is also 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games, and 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall. 

Meanwhile, Arizona is 5-0 ATS in their last five versus Western Athletic, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. Arizona is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. 

There’s really not much chance Arizona loses this game—unless they pull out an epic stinker—so the line becomes the main question here. I don’t see the Wildcats having much trouble with the lesser competition of Cal State Bakersfield, but 18.5 points is quite a bit to give. I’ll take the Roadrunners to cover by a few points in a game Arizona otherwise controls wire to wire.

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