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Can Anyone Stop Streaking Golden Bears?

The California Golden Bears are playing as well as any team in the nation right now entering Thursday’s Pac-12 contest against the Arizona Wildcats. Cal has won seven consecutive games, but has also covered in each of those games with the team winning by an average of 14.6 points per game.

Shark Bites
  • Arizona is 8-1 SU in their past nine games coming off four days rest.
  • Cal is just 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five games against Arizona.
  • The OVER is 8-1 in Arizona’s past nine games at home.

Cal has been dominant on both ends of the floor, as they have averaged 80.3 points per game while allowing just 65.7 points during their streak. Jordan Matthews had his best game of the season in Cal's previous outing against Arizona with the sophomore coming off the bench to score 28 points while draining six trays.

Arizona is looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since February 2010 after dropping their past two games against Colorado and Utah last week. Arizona’s offense was stagnant in those outings with the team averaging just 68 points per game, compared to their season average of 81.1. Allonzo Trier has been a menace to opposing teams since returning from a broken hand, as the freshman has averaged 18 points in his past five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Arizona Wildcats to cover the point spread in this one found them as -5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The California Golden Bears will look to cover the spread vs the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, as the Golden Bears are 17-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 15-14 ATS. California is 14-15 against the total, while Arizona is 19-10 versus the total betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 81-ranked Arizona Wildcats and the No. 17-rated California Golden Bears in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arizona has the nation's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 81.07 PPG. The visiting California Golden Bears defense ranks No. 49 allowing on average 66.66 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 48.84% so far, more than the Arizona Golden Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 47% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Golden Bears blew out USC on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 87-65 win at Haas Pavilion.

Arizona suffered a 70-64 loss against Utah on Saturday, getting 23 points from Allonzo Trier in a losing effort at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Betting Trends
  • California is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • California is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • California is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Arizona is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
  • Arizona is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

California at Arizona State, Saturday, March 5th
Arizona at Stanford, Saturday, March 5th