No. 12 Arizona at California
Time: 7:30 PM (ESPN)
Spread: ARI -2.5
Betting odds c/o 5dimes
Arizona comes in ranked #12 in the nation and at 16-3 it has won its past three contests. Traveling to face California is sure to be a test, though, with NCAA basketball oddsmakers favoring the Wildcats by just 2.5 points. The game will air at 7:30 Central on ESPN.
Arizona most recently defeated Stanford for the 12th straight time, by a count of 71-57. The Wildcats got a team-high 19 points from guard Gabe York who hit 6 of 16 shots including four threes. The Wildcats placed four of five starters in double figures while shooting 47.8 percent as a team.
Arizona hit eight threes in the game and held a 42-29 edge on the glass. It was a dominant performance against a 10-7 Stanford team that frittered away its lead in the second half as Arizona went on a big run.
Arizona has been paced by the play of Ryan Anderson, Allonzo Trier and Gabe York. The trio combines for 43.6 points per game, which is slightly over half of the team’s offense. Arizona as a team is good for 82 points per game. Anderson averages a double-double with 15 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He is likely to be a first round pick, though it is early to project that to be sure.
Over his past five games he has scored 15 or more in four of them, and he is averaging 9.6 rebounds per game over that span, as well. Anderson is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor this season after transferring from Boston College where he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons. The Wildcats already knew they were getting a gamer, as he averaged 14 points per game in both seasons as an Eagle.
Trier is a 6’4” freshman guard who has made an immediate impact for Arizona. He is averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three-point range.
He has missed the last three games with an injury to his right hand, and the timetable for his return is not known. It is a huge blow to the Wildcats , but this is a team that can weather the storm until it gets Trier back later this season. Without him, it significantly hurts Arizona’s title chances, but it should be able to hold its own in the meantime. They want Trier to be 100 percent healthy given his promising start and youth.
Cal is 13-6 and snapped a three-game skid by defeating Arizona State 75-70 on Thursday night. The Golden Bears got 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists from forward Ivan Rabb, who shot 8 of 11 from the field in 39 minutes of play. Jaylen Brown also had a big game, hitting 5 of 7 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the line en route to 17 points.
Brown is No. 2 on the Bears in scoring at 14.9 points per game, and he is shooting 63.8 percent from the floor. The 6’7” freshman forward is a good bet for the All-Freshman Pac-12 team and the Bears are 3-3 in Pac-12 play this season. Brown averages 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in addition to his scoring, and he has scored in double figures in four of the past five games. He had 20 against Oregon State and Oregon, on back to back games, but the Bears dropped both contests.
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