Arizona vs. California - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (8-22) at Arizona Wildcats (23-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -20.5 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds
We have some Pac-12 college basketball action on tap Saturday as the Cal Golden Bears take on the #19 Arizona Wildcats.
The Cal Golden Bears desperately need a confidence win heading into the Pac-12 tournament after losing 6 straight and 15 of their last 16 games following an 84-53 beatdown at the hands of Arizona State in their last outing. Don Coleman led Cal with 16 points while Justice Sueing added 13 points with a team-high 5 rebounds and 3 steals as the only other Golden Bear to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Darius McNeill added 5 rebounds of his own in the losing effort for Cal. Coleman leads the Golden Bears in scoring with 14.9 points per game while Marcus Lee leads Cal in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and McNeill leads the Golden Bears in assists with 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Cal is scoring 68.5 points per game on 41.2% shooting from the field, 28.9% from behind the 3-point line and 68% from the foul line this season.
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The #19 Arizona Wildcats will look to finish the year on a high note after a 75-67 win in their last outing. Dusan Ristic led ‘Zona with 21 points on 10 of 15 shooting while Allonzo Trier scored 18 points while also dishing out a team-high 5 assists and DeAndre Ayton added 12 points with 7 rebounds to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Wildcats in the win. Rawle Atkins added a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 assists of his own, while Keanu Pinder recorded 3 blocks. Ayton leads Arizona by averaging a double-double per game with 19.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while Parker-Jackson-Cartwright leads the Wildcats in assists with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Arizona is scoring 81.6 points per game while owning the 3rd-best field goal percentage in the country at 51.3% from the floor, 38.8% from behind the arc and 76% from the foul line this season.
Cal is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 conference matchups. Arizona is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This is a ton of points to lay with an Arizona team that is still dealing with that distraction of a scandal and hasn’t been good ATS at all over their last few home games. However, Cal is an absolute train wreck right now and are primed for an early exit from the Pac-12 tournament, so I’ll lay the points in a statement game for Arizona entering the conference tournament.