California at Arizona: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

California at Arizona: 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats (27-3) vs California Golden Bears (12-18)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm (McKale Memorial Center)

Betting Odds: Arizona Wildcats -20 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The California Golden Bears and Arizona Wildcats face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the McKale Center. When these two teams faced off on January 23rd it was Arizona that won 96-71. 

Christian Koloko was the top player for Arizona scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Cal was led by Jordan Shepherd who finished with 21 points. 

Cal comes into this game with a 12-18 record and they have gone 19-11 against the spread. In the last game against Arizona State, Cal only scored 44 points and that led to the blowout loss. California is averaging 63.3 points while their defense is giving up 65.3 points per game. The top player this season for the Golden Bears has been Jordan Shepherd who is averaging 14.4 points while shooting 38.9 percent from the field. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Arizona Wildcats who sit with a 27-3 record and they have gone 17-12-1 against the spread. In the last game against Stanford they were trailing at halftime, but a big second half was enough for Arizona to win 81-69. Arizona is averaging 84.5 points while their defense is giving up 66.9 points per game. Bennedict Mathurin has been the top player for Arizona averaging 17.4 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from behind the three point line. In this game if Arizona can push the pace, the Wildcats will be in great shape to come away with the victory. 

Arizona is 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Cal is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following a straight up loss. The over is 4-1 in Arizona’s last five games overall. The over is 6-1 in Cal’s last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

Arizona is the better team, but they have struggled to cover spreads while Cal has done a good job of bouncing back after losses. Look for Cal to find enough defense to slow down Arizona, and to keep this game close. Back Cal against the spread. 

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