It will be a battle between Pac-12 opponents when the California Golden Bears (10-13, 4-6 Pac-12) welcome the Arizona Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Pac-12) to Haas Pavilion. The game is scheduled to get underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Arizona Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears ATS Prediction
The last time the Wildcats played, they were defeated by the UCLA Bruins, 65-52. UCLA’s 0.611 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Arizona, who had a mark of 0.305. The Bruins’ mark was above their season average of 0.484, while the Wildcats’ was below their season average of 0.531. Zeke Nnaji led Arizona in scoring with 14 points on 2-for-8 shooting.
The Golden Bears were beaten by the Utah Runnin’ Utes in their last outing, 60-45. Utah’s turnover percentage was the team’s biggest strength over California. The Runnin’ Utes posted a mark of 13.6 (stronger than their season average of 17.3), while the Golden Bears had a rate of 23.4 (above their season average of 17.5). With 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting, Matt Bradley was California’s high scorer.
After the Wildcats won both matchups against the Golden Bears last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent matchup, Arizona won 76-51. The Wildcats had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.591 vs. 0.357) and had a better turnover percentage (15.0 vs. 16.0).
California might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Arizona ranks 41st in defensive efficiency while the Golden Bears rank 312th in offensive efficiency. Also, the Wildcats rank 17th in turnover percentage (16.0 percent), while the Golden Bears rank 264th in opponents’ turnover percentage (18.0 percent).
Arizona Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears Odds Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Arizona, O/U – Over
Arizona ranks 22nd in assists per game (15.8) while California ranks 264th (9.3).
The Wildcats rank 71st in rebounds per game (37.8) while the Golden Bears rank 257th (32.7).
Arizona ranks 108th in steals per game (6.7) while California ranks 253rd (4.0).
The Wildcats rank 199th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while the Golden Bears rank 293rd (14.6).
Arizona averages 3.7 blocks per game, which ranks 76th in the nation. California ranks 103rd in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 12.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Bears have scored an average of 60.6 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (2.9 below their season average).