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Washington vs California Basketball Picks 2-17-24

California Golden Bears (10-15) vs. Washington Huskies (14-11)
February 17, 2024 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Huskies -7.5; Over/Under: +154.5
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The Cal Golden Bears and the Washington Huskies meet in college basketball action from the Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday. Who comes out on top in this Pac-12 showdown? Let’s dive in and find out with our Cal vs. Washington Prediction.

Cal Team Preview

The Cal Golden Bears come into this one looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 84-65 loss to Washington State last time out. Jaylon Tyson leads the Golden Bears in scoring and assists with 20 PPG and 3.2 APG in addition to 7.3 RPG while Fardaws Aimaq has 14.8 PPG with a team-high 11.1 RPG to lead Cal on the glass this season, averaging a double-double per game. Jalen Cone has 13.3 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Cal so far this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 74.6 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field, 34.3% from three and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

Washington Team Preview

The Washington Huskies come into this one looking to build on back-to-back losses after an 85-65 win over Stanford last time out. Keion Brooks leads the Huskies in scoring and rebounding with 21 PPG and 6.9 RPG while Sahvir Wheeler has 15.3 PPG with 3.4 RPG and a team-high 6.1 APG to lead the Huskies in assists this season. Moses Wood has 11.8 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for the Huskies so far this season. Paul Mulcahy also has 3.5 APG as well on the year. As a team, Washington is averaging 80.9 PPG on 47.6% shooting from the field, 34.2% from three and 72.8% from the foul line this season. Washington will meet Arizona State after this one.

Cal vs. Washington Prediction

I’m leaning towards Cal and the points in this one. I get why Washington’s favored here, but Cal’s taken some major strides in year one under Mark Madsen, and I think there’s a lot to like about this Cal team for the future and I think they match up well with the Huskies in this spot. I think Aimaq also gives the Golden Bears an edge on the glass and think this one could come down to the wire. Give me Cal and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Cal +7.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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