Cal vs Washington in Pac 10 Tournament Final
Two of the hottest teams with college basketball bettors clash when California (23-9 SU, 19-12 ATS) hooks up with Washington (23-9 SU, 13-18 ATS) in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game at Staples Center on Saturday. With their 85-72 win as 7.5-point favorites at Bovada over UCLA in the tournament semifinals on Friday night, the Golden Bears improved to an impressive 9-1 SU and ATS in their last 10 games. Jerome Randle led Cal with 24 points in the payday, while Theo Robertson had 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Bears, who shot a blistering 58.8% (30-for-51) from the field against the Bruins.
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The regular season champions in the Pac-10, Cal is looking for its first conference tourney crown in 50 years. In their only other trip to the final back in 2006, the Bears were no match for a Final Four-bound UCLA squad. For things to go better this time around, Cal needs to get off to a better start than it did against UCLA in the semifinals. The Bears never led in the first half against the Bruins, and trailed by as many as 10 points only seven minutes into the game. The third-seeded Huskies cruised past Stanford 79-64 in the other semifinal to set up a date with the Bears. Washington covered easily as 8.5-point chalk behind 19 points and seven rebounds from Quincy Pondexter, and is now 5-1 ATS during its current six-game SU winning streak.
The teams split the two meetings in the regular season, with each school cashing for backers on their home floor. Cal covered as 4.5-point faves in its 93-81 win over Washington on February 11 at Haas Pavilion, as Randle poured in 33 points. The Huskies had an easier time on January 16 at Bank of America Arena in an 84-69 triumph. Pondexter had 20 points and six boards for Washington, which took home the cash as 2.5-point favorites.