The Pac-12 Conference Tournament battle between the California Golden Bears (14-18, 8-11 Pac-12) and the UCLA Bruins (19-12, 12-6 Pac-12) will be played at T-Mobile Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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In the Golden Bears’ last matchup, they defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 63-51. With 18 points and six rebounds, California’s Paris Austin played well. California played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.348 (above their season average of 0.264) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.0 (below their season average of 25.4). Stanford had marks of 0.226 and 8.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bruins are trying to rebound after their 54-52 loss to the USC Trojans in their last game. Cody Riley was UCLA’s high scorer with 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting. USC held the Bruins to an effective field goal percentage of 0.373 (below their season average of 0.491). UCLA, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (14-15; 93.3 percent).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the country’s slowest-paced teams face off. UCLA ranks 307th in possessions per game (66.3) and California is 329th (65.5).
California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UCLA, ATS Winner – UCLA, O/U – Over
UCLA ranks 150th in assists per game (12.9) while California ranks 281st (9.2).
The Bruins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 2.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Bears have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (4.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (2.1 above their season average).