California vs Arizona Free College Hoops Pick

Posted by Aaron . on March 2, 2016 in

On Thursday, the #25 California Golden Bears head south to take on the #18 Arizona Wildcats. Cal (21-8) is in third place in the Pac-12 conference and just rolled over USC, 87-65 on Sunday. Arizona (22-7) is in fourth place in the Pac-12 and just lost in Utah on Saturday, 70-64. The full NCAAB betting odds for this one will be up shortly.

California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Free College Hoops Pick

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:00 PM ET
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
TV: ESPN
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA

 

 

Why should you bet on the Golden Bears?

As freshman Jaylen Brown has gone this year, so have the Golden Bears. If he goes pro after this first season, he could easily go in the first round, and he showed everyone why against USC. He drove coast to coast past three opponents in under four seconds to beat the buzzer with a layup just before the half to stake Cal to a 14-point lead at the intermission. He would finish the game with 18 points, helped by Ivan Rabb (18 points, 10 boards) and Tyrone Wallace (12 points, six assists). Cal needs to keep winning if they want to catch Oregon and win the Pac-12 title, and that motivation should drive them against the Wildcats.

Why should you put your money on Arizona?

The Wildcats dominate games with their inside play. Even in their disappointing loss at Utah, they won the rebounding game 37-34 and had 16 second chance points. They were down by 11 at halftime, but they created four turnovers in the first four minutes after intermission to get back into things, but they could not close the gap after that. This is a team that imposes its will on the interior — and Cal has struggled mightily in road contests against contending teams.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Cal to turn the heat up under Oregon and take this tough road win against Arizona. I pick the Golden Bears to win, 73-69.