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California vs. Utah - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah at California
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Haas Pavilion
Berkeley, California
The Line
The Line: California +5.5 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Utah Utes and California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.

The Utah Utes look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Utah Utes are averaging 74.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Sedrick Barefield is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists while Donnie Tillman is averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Timmy Allen is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Both Gach is dishing 2.2 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have lost three of their last five road games.

The California Golden Bears could use a win here to snap an eight-game losing streak. The California Golden Bears are averaging 70.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Justice Sueing is averaging 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while Paris Austin is averaging 13.1 points and 4.7 assists. Darius McNeill is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Bradley is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have lost their last four home games.

The Utes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pacific-12 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Bears are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 18-37 ATS in their last 55 games overall. The Utes are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Golden Bears last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Utes last 7 overall.

The California Golden Bears continue to be fade material, as this team seems to be getting worse during their eight-game losing streak, and they're losing by an average 17.4 points during their last five games. Cal is also 5-14 ATS on the season and 3-7 ATS at home, and that's with them being underdogs in nearly every contest. In fact, Cal is just 3-11 ATS this season in the underdog role. It's to the point I just fade the Golden Bears regardless of the number or who they're playing. It just so happens the Utah Utes are putting together some of their best basketball of the season. I'll lay the chalk with the Utes.

Pick:
Utah -5.5

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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