California vs. Utah - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Utah Runnin' Utes (15-13) at California Golden Bears (12-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears +1 -- Over/Under: 131
The Utah Utes and California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.
The Utah Utes need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Utah Utes are averaging 72.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Timmy Allen is averaging 21 points and 2.8 assists while Both Gach is averaging 11.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Rylan Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Riley Battin is dishing 1.7 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have lost their last nine road games.
The California Golden Bears need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The California Golden Bears are averaging 62.2 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Matt Bradley is averaging 17.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while Kareem South is averaging 9.2 points and 1.3 assists. Grant Anticevich is dishing 1.2 assists and Paris Austin is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.1 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have split their last six home games.
The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Utah Utes beat up on Cal earlier this month, winning the game by 15 points and holding the Golden Bears to 45 points on 32 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent shooting from deep. With that said, Utah has lost nine straight road games, and the California Golden Bears are 11-5 against the spread at home where they shoot 46.6 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from deep. The Utah Utes are just 2-8 against the spread on the road. In a toss up contest, I'll side with Cal at home, but I'm not thrilled about it.