California vs Arizona Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 4 (Wildcats Earn First Win in Pac-12 Play)

Larry Rupp
California vs Arizona prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
California vs Arizona prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Rick Scuteri
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California vs Arizona Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
California Golden Bears (0-8, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (6-1, 0-1 Pac-12)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Venue: McKale Center — Tucson, AZ
Coverage: PAC12 Network

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a thrilling matchup between the California Golden Bears and No. 4 Arizona Wildcats. California remains winless on the year following a 66-51 loss to USC on Wednesday. Devin Askew scored a team-high 23 points on 7-of-21 shooting.

Meanwhile, Arizona fell short in an 81-66 loss to Utah on Thursday. The Wildcats shot 35.2% from the floor and 14.3% from three-point range in their first loss of the season. Azuolas Tubelis and Omuar Ballo kept up their recent run of success, though, with a combined 42 points (17-of-29 shooting).

California vs Arizona Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: CAL: (+2400) | ARIZ: (-10000)
Spread: CAL: +23.5 (-110) | ARIZ: -23.5 (-110)
Total: 142.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Arizona enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 142.5 points, which is about average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

California vs Arizona Prediction & Pick

There's no denying that California has been a mess so far this season. The Golden Bears average just 57.5 points per game (No. 356 in NCAA) on a 38.7% shooting mark (No. 333 in NCAA). They also log 15.0 turnovers (T-No. 295 in NCAA) and commit 17.5 personal fouls per game (T-No. 201 in NCAA).

This is the perfect get-right spot for Arizona following its first loss of the year. The Wildcats still rank as the top-scoring team in the nation (93.0 points per game) and rely on a veteran core of players. Head coach Tommy Lloyd knows that avoiding an 0-2 start in conference play will be crucial here.

Arizona is also 10-0 straight up in its last 10 games against California, so give me the Wildcats.

Final Score Prediction: California: 64 | Arizona: 83

California vs Arizona Betting Trends

- California is 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games.
- The total has hit the under in five of California's last seven games.
- Arizona is 10-0 straight up in its last 10 games against California.
- The total has hit the under in six of Arizona's last nine games against California.

California vs Arizona Best Bet

Arizona has proven that covering a spread that surpasses the 20-point mark in college basketball is no easy task. The Wildcats were favored by over 20 points in each of their first three games this year, but only covered the spread once. They score the basketball at will, but usually so do the opponents.

Lloyds' squad allows 79.0 points per game (T-No. 323 in NCAA), which means California has a chance to keep this one close enough. The Golden Bears are 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games in December and have not lost by more than 15 points in any of their eight games this season.

Bet: California Golden Bears +23.5 (-110)

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