California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: California (+12)
McKale Center is the site where and the Arizona Wildcats (12-4) will play the California Golden Bears (7-11) on Saturday. Arizona opens this matchup as 12-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 141.5.
California will play this game with a mark of 7-11 this year. The Golden Bears are shooting 33.9% on three-point attempts (135 of 398) and 67.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 67.8 points per contest (264th in the country) while hitting 44.6% from the field. They are turning it over 13.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.4 fouls per contest. As a unit, California is pulling in 32.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 232 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 54th in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Golden Bears are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. The Golden Bears defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.6% (454 of 995) and they relinquish 33.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 334th in college basketball in giving up assists with 250 conceded this season. They are conceding 39.0% on shots from distance and they are 169th in college hoops in opponents points per game (69.8).
The California Golden Bears faced the Arizona State Sun Devils and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 72-68 in their last contest. California finished having earned a 39.3% field goal percentage (24 out of 61) and converted 7 out of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Golden Bears buried 13 of 18 attempts for a rate of 72.2%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned 40 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 14 dimes in the game while earning 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defense, California allowed the other team to go 39.3% from the field on 24 of 61 shooting. Arizona State distributed 14 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Sun Devils grabbed 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Arizona State finished the game at 65.0% from the free throw line by making 13 of their 20 attempts. They also buried 3 out of their 14 attempts from 3-point land.
Matt Bradley is one player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He had 26 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. He played for 32 minutes and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Bradley finished the game at 40.0% from the field and distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Golden Bears was Andre Kelly. He pulled down 13 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He went 58.3% from the floor for the game via 7-of-12 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Kelly played for 32 minutes.
Arizona has a mark of 12-4 for the season. The Wildcats are committing 19.7 fouls every game while shooting 72.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 15.6 times per game (61st in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 12.6 times per game. Arizona has tallied 1,268 pts on the campaign (79.3 per contest) and they collect 40.0 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Wildcats are shooting 45.6% from the floor, which is 109th in the country. The Wildcats defensively are ranked 144th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 68.8. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.9% from the field (121st in the country). The Arizona defense concedes 32.5% on three-point shots (108 of 332) and their opponents are connecting on 71.5% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.7 assists and 31.1 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 93rd and 34th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the Arizona Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 73-64 when they played the Stanford Cardinal. The Wildcats were able to snag 23 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for this contest. They stuffed 4 shots while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Cardinal earned 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 15 shots. They were able to convert 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Arizona made 8 of 19 attempts (42.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats ended up shooting 22 out of 53 from the field which had them shooting 41.5%. The Wildcats permitted the Cardinal to make 26 of 53 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 49.1% for the contest. They went 41.2% from three-point range by going 7 of 17 and ended up going 14 out of 21 at the free throw line (66.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Arizona permitted Stanford to snag 28 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
James Akinjo ended up being important for the Wildcats in the game. He converted 7 out of 16 for this game for a field goal percentage of 43.8%, which earned him 17 points. Akinjo pulled down 3 boards in his 35 minutes played and had 6 dimes for this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Arizona was Terrell Brown . He was able to score 13 points in 37 minutes played via 5 out of 10 from the floor for this game. wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 4 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arizona (-12)
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