The California Golden Bears (15-4) and Washington Huskies (11-6) will meet up Thursday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest inside the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA.
California Golden Bears at Washington Huskies
California hits the road for the Pacific Northwest to face Washington and Washington State, coming in with a 5-1 Pac-12 Conference record. The Golden Bears certainly know they will be tested against tonight’s opponent in transition. “They’re physical, they pressure and they play fast,” commented Golden Bears guard Jorge Gutierrez. He is one of three players in the starting lineup averaging double figures, sitting second behind Allen Crabbe, who averages 15.7 points per game. This particular series is tied at 77-77, but the program will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. California is 10-3 ATS as a favorite this season.
The Golden Bears are 650-660 all-time in conference games, including a 39-21 mark during the Mike Montgomery era. California is the only Pac-12 team with an unblemished home record through Jan. 15 games, but playing away from Haas Pavilion is always a challenge for this program. The team ranked sixth among all teams nationally in three-point shooting percentage earlier this month, but went a combined 7-for-24 in two games last week.
Washington has won three games in a row and total players will find that the ‘under’ has cashed in three of the last four opportunities for this squad. The Huskies have won four of the last five meetings in this series, including a sweep during the 2010-11 season. Two starters are currently averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Tony Wroten ranking second in the league in averaging 16.8 points per game. Offensively, the team ranks second among all conference teams in scoring 78.8 points per game, which checks in at 22nd nationally in that category. Washington is 6-3 ATS at home this year.
The Huskies are the only Pac-12 team with three players ranked among the conference’s top-10 in scoring, with Wroten leading the charge, while C.J. Wilcox (15.5) and Terrence Ross (15.1) follow closely behind. Washington also gets after it on the glass, leading the conference and ranking eighth nationally in that particular category. Wilcox is suffering from a stress fracture in his left hip and is doubtful to play this weekend.
Bettors will likely back the Golden Bears due to their 15-5 ATS mark as a road favorite of three points or less, while the Huskies are 7-11 ATS in January games.
Recommendation: California Golden Bears PK
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