Arizona Looking For Bounce Back Win Over California
Arizona (16-7, 6-4) continues to lack consistency after being upset by UCLA in their last game. They will look to get back on track against California (10-13, 4-6). The Wildcats need to put together a strong finish in order to help their NCAA tournament seed.
Arizona lost at home to an underwhelming UCLA squad 65-52 in their last game. Zeke Nnaji led Arizona with 14 points and was joined in double digits by Josh Green with 11 points. The Wildcats couldn't throw it in the ocean as they shot only 25.4% from the field.
The Golden Bears lost at Utah 60-45 in their previous game. Matt Bradley scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead California. The Bears committed 17 turnovers and shot only 32% leading to only being able to score 45 points. They did manage to out rebound the Utes 37-30.
Wildcats Searching For Consistency
Arizona looks like one of the better teams in the country at times. They also have stretches where they take the foot off the accelerator and let inferior teams hang around. The loss at home to UCLA was a low point, but in recent games they almost let USC come back from a 20 point deficit and lost badly to a Oregon State team that is nowhere near as talented as the Wildcats.
Arizona is led by Nnaji in scoring (16.2), rebounding (8.9) and blocks (1.0). Nico Mannion leads the team in assists at 5.5 per contest. All three star freshman are averaging in double figures with Mannion at 14.0 and Green averaging 11.9.
Kenpom has the Wildcats as the 14th ranked team in the country. The offense is 15th in efficiency with the defense ranking 41st. Arizona does a good job of holding on to the basketball as they rank 18th nationally in turnover percentage.
Golden Bears Looking To Play Spoiler
California has no chance of making the tournament but they would love to play spoiler in the Pac 12. They have already pulled upsets of Oregon State, Stanford and Washington at home. The Golden Bears would love to add Arizona to that list.
California is led in scoring by Bradley at 17.6 points per game. Grant Anticevich leads the team in rebounding averaging 5.6 per contest. Paris Austin leads the team in assists (2.3) and steals (.9). No one else on the team averaged double figures.
The Golden Bears are ranked 174th by Kenpom. The offense is 216th in efficiency while the defense is 131st. California shoots just under 46% from two-point range which is 306th nationally.
Mybookie has Arizona as 10-point favorites. The total is set at 132 points.
Free Betting Pick
The 10-point line looks mighty good at first glance if you are wanting to take Arizona. They are superior at almost every position, but this team's inconsistency scares me. But, the Bears have no one that can matchup with Nnaji. California has a 7-0 freshman Lars Thiemann but they are miles apart talent wise.
If they try to put Anticevich or Andre Kelly on him his height will be too much. Nnaji should dominate this game and the bad taste of the UCLA loss should be an extra motivator. I like the Wildcats to come out with some first and cover.
Arizona 72, California 59