UCLA vs. California - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA vs. California - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears (14-18) at UCLA Bruins (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal +8 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins meet in a Pac-12 tournament quarter-final matchup in college basketball action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.

The Cal Golden Bears booked their spot in the quarters with a 63-51 win over Stanford in their last outing. Matt Bradley leads Cal in scoring with 17.5 PPG along with 4.9 RPG while Paris Austin has 9.1 PPG and a team-high 2.5 APG this season. Grant Anticevich also has a team-high 5.5 RPG for the Golden Bears this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 63.2 points on 42% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 73.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.6 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 36.2% from behind the arc this season.

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The UCLA Bruins enter the Pac-12 tournament as the #2 seed, finishing the year with a 12-6 conference record as part of their 19-12 overall mark this season. Chris Smith leads the Bruins in scoring with 13.1 PPG while Jalen Hill has 9 PPG and a team-high 6.9 RPG and Tyger Campbell is averaging 8.3 PPG and a team-high 5 APG this season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 69.5 points on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range and 71.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.1 points on 42.9% shooting from the floor and 37.5% from behind the arc this season.

Cal getting that opening round victory was nice to see for a Golden Bears team that's been through so much frustration this season, but the problem is that I think the buck stops here for the Golden Bears. UCLA surprised a lot of people (myself included) with their play as conference play went on and I'd be as surprised as anyone if you told me at the beginning of conference play that they'd finish in 2nd. I just really like how UCLA's progressed, and I think that progression continues with a win and cover in this one.

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Chris’s Pick UCLA -8

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