Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Bears vs Utes CBB Odds
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(19-9)California Golden Bears vs. Utah Utes(18-10)
2017 NCAA Basketball – Pac 12
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM ET
Venue: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Utah -3.5
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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It’s another edition of Pac 12 after dark on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. The California Golden Bears travel to Utah to take on the Utes.
This might be one of the most competitive games of the night across all of college basketball. In the first match up of the two teams it took overtime for the game to be decided. The Bears won by a final of 77-75.
California Golden Bears
The California Golden Bears have had a very up and down season, but still see themselves in a position to make the NCAA Tournament with a late push.
They come into this game with a 19-9 record and sit in 4th place in the Pac 12. Currently they are projected a 52 percent chance to make the Big Dance. They will probably need to win out and win at least a game in the Pac 12 tournament to feel safe come selection Sunday.
The Golden Bears strength is on the defensive side of the ball. They only give up 62.2 points per game and opponents shoot 39.2 percent from the field against them, both which are 12th best in the Country.
For the Golden Bears to win they need to slow down the pace of play. Utah likes to run with the ball, so Cal really needs to try and prevent that. The slower this game is played at, the better the chance the Bears will win this game.
The Utah Utes have had a successful season so far but it looks like they are playing for a berth in the NIT. The only way they really have a shot to make the NCAA Tournament is if they win the Pac 12 conference tournament.
With a good finish to the season the Utes could get a good seed in the NIT, and get a home game. They come into this game with an 18-10 record and sit in 5th place in the Pac 12 standings.
The Utes are almost exactly opposite of the Golden Bears. The Utes strength is on the offensive side of the ball. They come into this game averaging 78.8 points per game. At home this season that number rises to almost 82 points per game.
For the Utes to win they need to get off to a fast start and push the pace of play. The faster the pace this game is played at, the better the chance they have to win another key game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- CAL is 13-15 ATS this year.
- Utah is 13-12-1 ATS this year.
Free California Golden Bears vs. Utah Utes NCAAB Prediction:
I expect this game to play out a lot like the first game. I think its a higher paced game that is very close for most of the game.
The only thing I expect to be difference is the outcome.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Utah -3.5
I think Utah will use their home crowd to get a huge boost and win this game, and cover the spread.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Utah 74 – California 68
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