Bet the Spread for California vs. Arizona

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:33 PM GMT

The Arizona Wildcats will be out to avenge one of their two losses Wednesday night, as they prepare to take on the California Golden Bears. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup at the McKale Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Going through the motions

California is 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS since knocking off Arizona on Feb. 1, as it looks to build momentum after picking up a 77-64 victory over the USC Trojans as 14-point home favorites Sunday.

The Golden Bears have won three consecutive road games versus ranked opponents dating back to last season.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 17-5 SU and 12-8 ATS in February, with the UNDER going 11-8 in that situation.

Returning to the desert 

Arizona returns home after going 2-1 SUATS on its recently completed three-game road trip, which ended with an impressive 88-61 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes as four-point favorites last Saturday.

The Wildcats have won their last 19 home games by an average of 20.9 points, but the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings in this series.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 9-2 SU and 6-5 ATS when revenging a road loss against a foe the last two-plus seasons.

Corn on the Cobb-s

The Golden Bears are dangerous road underdogs on the SBR Odds page due to senior point guard Justin Cobbs, who has scored 20-plus points in eight contests during the 2013-14 campaign.

Cobbs scored 22 points against the Trojans last time out and is just three assists away from moving past Jason Kidd into fourth on the program’s career list.

All about defense

The Wildcats rank fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense and scoring defense, but they’ve been even better at this venue in stopping opponents.

Arizona is allowing just 54.1 points per game on 36.1 percent shooting at home during the 2013-14 season.

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Outlook

I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Wildcats by 12.5 points—a number that doesn’t offer any value versus the opening lines in the betting market.

Keep an eye on movement throughout the day, but Arizona should be backed at 12 or lower in your NBA picks, while California is worth a look at +13.5 or higher.