Arizona Wildcats vs California Golden Bears 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Arizona Wildcats vs California Golden Bears 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The 3rd ranked Arizona Wildcats (15-1) are on their way to face-off with the California Golden Bears (9-9) in the Pac-12 Conference at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 3:00 PM ET.

 

Arizona reached this Pac-12 match-up after getting off an impressive start with an 11-0 run before acquiring their only defeat of the season at the hands of Tennessee on December 22. The Wildcats quickly bounced back with a stellar victory over Washington, Colorado, Utah, and the Stanford Cardinal in that order.

 

Arizona took the lead at 5-0 in the Pac-12 Conference with a 15-1 overall standing and a 3-1 record on the road this season.

 

The Wildcats’ defense controlled the scoring of the Cardinal to just 30% overall shooting and 30.4% from the three-point range while forcing the latter to commit 17 turnovers in their 85-57 blowout victory on January 20.

 

Center Oumar Ballo rose from the bench to lift Arizona in the win with 21 points and 6 boards while Guards Benedict Mathurin and Pelle Larsson added 13 points each for the Wildcats.

 

The 3rd ranked Arizona team outmatched Stanford in shooting from the floor at 55.4 to 30.0% with 28.6% (6/21) from the long-range and 81.0% (17/21) from the free-throw line. The Wildcats grabbed 39 total rebounds with 6 coming from the offensive side of the court while dispensing a total of 20 assists in the win.

 

The defense for Arizona spoiled 8 shot attempts while stealing the leather 5 times but committed 14 turnovers and 17 personal fouls in the game.

 

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Arizona Wildcats vs California Golden Bears Predictions 1/23/2022

 

The California Golden Bears started the season with a 9-5 mark in their first 14 matches and they will be hosting Arizona in the Pac-12 battle after splitting their last 18 outings this season.

 

The Golden Bears will try to get back after losing their last four contests played versus USC, UCLA, Washington, and the Washington State Cougars at 57-65 on January 15. California dropped to 10th place at 2-5 in the Pac-12 Conference with an overall standing at 99 and a home record at 9-3 on the year.

 

The Golden Bears’ offense struggled in dealing with the Cougars’ defense after converting only 21 of 53 overall shooting attempts and 25.0% from the rainbow territory in their eight-point loss on the last play out.

 

Guard Jordan Shepherd scored 17 points in leading the offense for California while Forward Andre Kelly added a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

 

The Golden Bears completed 21 of 53 (39.6%) attempted shots from the floor, converted 5 of 20 (25.0%) shot attempts from beyond the rainbow country and made 10 of 14 (71.4%) tries from the charity stripe.

 

California pulled down 23 defensive boards with 9 offensive rebounds and dished out a total of 7 assists in defeat. The Golden Bears’ defense blocked 2 attempted shots with 2 steals but lost the leather in 8 turnovers and committed 17 personal fouls in the contest.              

 

#3 Arizona Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is Arizona -13.5. The Golden Bears struggled with an offense that averaged 64.6 PPG against the Wildcats’ offense of 88.3 PPG.

 

The 3rd ranked Arizona team will grab their 4th road win on Sunday. The Arizona Wildcats will win predicted at 88-60.   

 

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Arizona Wildcats vs California Golden Bears 1/23/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 3:00 PM ET

 

Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA

 

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

 

TV: PAC Network

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Arizona Wildcats -13.5

 

NCAAB Totals: 137.5

 

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