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JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA

JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA
 
Much like we saw Pac12 football beating up on each other on a weekly basis, we’ve seen much the same happen in Pac12 basketball. It looks like there will be six teams that are slam dunks to hear their name called when they announce the brackets of the Big Dance in ten days. With that said, teams are still jockeying for seeding position for next week’s conference tournament and for seed and location down the line. Oregon (24-6, 13-4) is currently the
top dog followed by Utah (23-7, 12-5). Cal (21-8, 11-5) looks to get square with the Utes tonight as they travel to Tuscon to face the (22-7, 10-6) Arizona Wildcats. The Bears have won and covered seven straight while Arizona will be desperate after getting swept at Colorado and Utah last week. The current Vegas line at this writing is Arizona -7 with the total up a fill point and a half to 146.
 
With their post-season hopes ion shambles on Valentine’s Day, Cal is currently playing as well as anyone in the country. Seven wins later and a Golden Bear sweep of the Zona schools and an Oregon loss in it’s season finale would give Cal a share of just it’s second regular season conference title since 1959-1960. Former Purdue great Cuonzo Martin has done a great job with the team that that is led by freshman Jaylen Brown (15.8 ppg.) and Ivan Rabb (12.1 ppg.). The Bears have been hammering people during their current run, winning by double-digits in six games with an average margin of 15.1 ppg.
 
Much like recent seasons, Arizona has been snakebit with injuries and their record is amazing considering the team that they could be putting on the floor on a nightly basis. Sean Miller is once again proving why he is one of the elite young guns currently coaching in college basketball. His team is deep with seven players averaging 7.7 ppg or more, has a big problematic front court with three very athletic players standing 6’10 or better. The Cats are also streaky shooters and almost impossible to deal with when their shots are going down. Gabe York (14.1 ppg,) is the most dangerous perimeter player. Ryan Anderson is a 15/10 guy that came over from Boston College and has been very good his entire four year career.
 
Cal won the first go around in Berkley 74-73 despite getting out-shot from the field, out-rebounded and shooting 12-18 from the foul line. Arizona is 4-2 SU and ATS L6 in the series and 15-2 straight up over the last 17 games played at the McKale Center. Arizona has won three straight on this floor but are just 4-3 as home favorites this year. Pac12 home faves at this level are 17-12. This looks to be too many points vs. a team playing this well and with so much on the line. The over is 22-8 over the L30 in the series including 9-3 high the last 12 on this floor making the high/low a possible better way to look.

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