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Arizona vs California Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Wildcats Streaking into Pac-12 Matchup

Arizona Sitting One Game Behind UCLA

The No. 4 Arizona Wildcats trail the UCLA Bruins by one game in the Pac-12 basketball standings and are battling USC to get a higher seed at the Pac-12 Tournament.

On Thursday, those who bet online will see them as a huge 19-point favorite in Berkley as they take on the three-win California Golden Bears. The Wildcats will later make a road trip to UCLA and USC in early March, so this game can’t be overlooked.

Courtney Ramey #0 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball
Courtney Ramey #0 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball // Christian Petersen - AFP

Arizona is massive chalk in the sportsbook but are the Wildcats the right bet? Let’s take a closer look at the matchup and the college basketball odds.

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Arizona vs California. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Arizona Aims for No. 1 Seed in March Madness

The Arizona Wildcats have everything to play for right now. They have three losses on the season – at Utah, at home against Washington State, and at Oregon.

At the same time, they have big wins over Tennessee, Indiana, UCLA, and USC. If they can stack together several more wins and get some help, they could win both the Pac-12 regular-season championship and get a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Right now, they are one game behind UCLA in the Pac-12 standings. The Wildcats will face the Bruins in early March and have already defeated them once.

The best player on the Wildcats is forward Azuolas Tubelis, who is the front-runner for Pac-12 Player of the Year. He dropped 40 points on Oregon last week, 27 of them coming in the first half.

He is quicker, more agile and more explosive than he was last season. That level of improvement has made a big difference for the Wildcats.

Arizona’s guard play has been inconsistent, but the frontcourt has been extremely reliable because of Tubelis.

California is living through a nightmare season

The California Golden Bears are immersed in misery. They are one of only two Power Five conference teams (teams from the Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Big 12) to have lost at least 20 games. Louisville is the other one.

Cal is having such a miserable season that its NET ranking – one commonly used metric to evaluate team quality in a college basketball season – is 298 at the start of this week.

No Power Five team should ever be ranked that low. The Golden Bears really could finish below the top 300 in a sport with just over 350 Division I teams.

It has been that bad for coach Mark Fox. The Bears have failed to score 50 points in each of their last four games.

They average fewer than 60 points scored per game. They simply have no offense and no one who can create easy shots.

It’s a real disaster in Berkeley for a program that is going absolutely nowhere and needs to think about making changes for 2024.

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Arizona vs California Head-to-Head

These two schools last met in December. Arizona won 81-68.

Arizona vs California Game Information

  • Game: Arizona vs California
  • Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California
  • Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 9th, 11:00 p.m. ET
  • Arizona vs California Live Stream: TBS.com

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Arizona vs California Picks and Prediction

The game should be one-way traffic. California can’t score and Arizona has athletes who can get to the rim with regularity. This should be a blowout, so lay the points with Arizona. The Wildcats are the safer option for your college basketball picks.

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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