Check out our free California vs Arizona pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Tucson. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
California vs Arizona Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds
Golden Bears vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: California Golden Bears at Arizona Wildcats
- Where: Tucson at McKale Center
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds: California +24.5, CAH +2500 | ARZ -14166 O/U 144.5
Golden Bears Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Arizona, the California Golden Bears will be taking the floor for the 9th time this season and have an overall record of 0-8. On the road, the Golden Bears will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 0-2. So far, the Golden Bears have been the underdog 4 times, going 0-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +24.5 underdogs on the spread.
California will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Devin Askew who is averaging 17.5 points per game for the Golden Bears. Askew is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Bears’ offensive gameplan is the play of Lars Thiemann who has hit 54.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.25 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for California this season, as they are currently ranked 418th in college basketball at 63.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 424th in the NCAA.
Arizona will take the floor against the Golden Bears with an overall record of 6-1. So far this season, Arizona has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. The Wildcats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -24.5 points in their favor. For the season, Arizona has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.
Arizona’s leading scorer this season is Azuolas Tubelis who is averaging 19.43 points per contest. So far, Tubelis has accounted for 20.89% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.71 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Oumar Ballo is the second leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 19.43 points per game. Between him and Ballo, they are accounting for 41.8% of the team’s scoring.
Arizona comes into today’s matchup vs California, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 84.6 points per game. Through 7 games, they have hit 49.6% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 247th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: California Golden Bears +24.5
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the California Golden Bears to cover as +24.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both California and Arizona come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Golden Bears and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on the road.
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