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California vs. Arizona - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona at California
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Haas Pavilion
Berkeley, California
The Line
The Line: California +7.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
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Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats and California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.

The Arizona Wildcats look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 74.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Brandon Randolph is averaging 16.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while Chase Jeter is averaging 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Brandon Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Coleman is dishing 3.1 assists. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won two of their last three road games.

The California Golden Bears could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The California Golden Bears are averaging 73.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Paris Austin is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists while Justice Sueing is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Darius McNeill is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Bradley is grabbing three rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have won five of their last eight home games.

The Wildcats are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Pacific-12. The Golden Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pacific-12, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Golden Bears last 6 overall. The under is 9-4 in Wildcats last 13 vs. Pacific-12.

The California Golden Bears have played their best ball by far at home, but they're a sloppy basketball team that doesn't play a lick of defense and is just 5-10 ATS this season despite being underdogs often. The Arizona Wildcats are enjoying some of their most consistent basketball of the season and are outscoring teams by an average of 7.4 points during this five-game winning streak. While there have been some close games in the past between Cal and Arizona, the Golden Bears aren't good enough defensively to trust against one of the better teams in the Pac-12. I'll eat the chalk.

Arizona Wildcats -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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