Cal Baptist Lancers (3-2) at Arizona Wildcats (5-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McKale Memorial Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -20.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The California Baptist Lancers and the Arizona Wildcats meet Wednesday in college basketball action from McKale Center.
California Baptist enters this one at 3-2 so far. After starting out 0-2, the Lancers have won their last three games against SE Louisiana, St. Katherine and Fresno Pacific. As for Arizona, they’re 5-0 this season. The Wildcats have beaten Northern AZ, CSUB and UTEP in their last three outings. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
California Baptist had a couple of tough losses right out of the gate this season, but they’ve rebounded nicely. The Lancers fell to USC in their opener 95-87, then lost a tough one 81-80 to SE Louisiana. California Baptist beat SE LA last Friday, then followed that up with wins over St. Katherine 93-47 and Fresno Pacific 110-71.
In the win over Fresno Pacific, the Lancers’ top scorer was Elijah Thomas with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists. Ty Rowell added 19 points with eight rebounds and five assists while Reed Nottage managed 18 points with seven rebounds and four assists.
Over on the Arizona side, it’s been smooth sailing—with a couple of close escapes—so far. The Wildcats opened with a 74-55 win over Grambling State, then took wins 70-67 over Eastern Washington, 96-53 over Northern Arizona and 85-60 over CSUB.
On Saturday against UTEP, Arizona bagged another victory, this time 69-61. In the win, the Wildcats’ top scorer was James Akinjo with 18 points, three assists and one rebound. Bennedict Mathurin added 13 points and seven boards, and Jermarl Baker put up 11 points with two assists and one rebound.
Arizona is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The over is 5-1 in the Wildcats’ last six Wednesday games and they’re 5-1-2 ATS in their last eight when their opponent scores 100 or more points in their previous game.
Meanwhile, California Baptist is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Lancers are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven as a road underdog.
PICK: I like California Baptist here. The Lancers have played some pretty good ball this season so far, hanging with USC in the opener and pushing overtime. Cal Baptist has posted 80 or more points in every game so far, and they’ve got a solid group of scorers atop their roster. Arizona has been great this season as well, but if the Lancers play to their capabilities I think we’ll have a very interesting matchup on our hands.