California Baptist Lancers vs. Arizona Wildcats Pick – NCAAM December 16, 2020

The California Baptist Lancers are searching for an upset in the desert on Wednesday night. The Arizona Wildcats will host California Baptist at the McKale Center hoping to avoid an upset. Before we get to tonight’s action in Arizona, we’ll just do a brief recap of Tuesday. Long Beach State and UCLA was called yet again because of a positive Covid-19 test, so another bet refunded. That’s the second time in a few weeks that Long Beach State and UCLA were postponed because of the virus.

In each instance, I had money on the game so that’s a wash. Elsewhere, the Wisconsin Badgers took care of business for a win and cover. We came just 2 Loyola points away from predicting the final score dead on. Wednesday has a full state of college basketball action. Despite what will be some games cancelled inevitably, and more to come that haven’t already been called, there is more than enough action on the card for college basketball bettors.

I’ve had bad luck with games getting cancelled. Don’t blame me if California Baptist and Arizona get pulled, though. Arizona goes into Wednesday night with good standing. They’re a perfect 5-0 with wins against Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, CSUB, and UTEP. Now the Wildcats battle against California Baptist tonight.

In other words, this has been an easy start for Arizona, though things will pick up when they enter the Pac-12 schedule against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. Stanford will be their biggest test yet, so we’ll see how really good the Wildcats are. They’ve suffered a lot of roster turnover from a solid team a year ago, but appear to be in good shape thus far. Head below for our free California Baptist vs. Arizona pick for December 16, 2020.

California Baptist Lancers vs. Arizona Wildcats NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • California Baptist +20 (-110)
  • Arizona -20 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • California Baptist OFF
  • Arizona OFF
Total:

  • Over 144.5 (-115)
  • Under 144.5 (-105)

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California Baptist vs. Arizona Prediction:

The path to victory is not bright for California Baptist, but there is a positive working in their favor. If they catch Arizona looking ahead to the Stanford game on Saturday, then that’s going to be their opening to keep this game close.

Even if Arizona goes through the motions, a win should be a tough chore for the Lancers to pull off, though. California Baptist must have some confidence going into this one. They already played one Pac-12 team close early in the season. The Lancers left it all on the floor against the USC Trojans to open the 2020-2021 campaign.

They couldn’t pull it off, but impressed in a 95-87 loss in overtime. I think the hot shooting by California Baptist caught the Trojans off guard and they nearly paid for it with a loss. Ty Rowell went off for California Baptist, as he recorded 32 points to lead all scorers.

Rowell carried a lot of the heavy lifting for the Lancers and needed just one more point in regulation to score one of the biggest wins in program history. The hot stroke from the field for California Baptist did not slow down from there. In four games since, they’ve scored at least 80 points in every outing. They’re coming off a 110-71 blowout over Fresno Pacific on Saturday.

Cal Baptist are scoring an average of 90.8 points per game for 18th in the NCAA. They are shooting an insanely impressive 48.2% from the field. However, with a leaky defense on the floor, the Lancers do not figure to beat Pac-12 competition. They’ve conceded 72 points per game for 205th in the country.

Offenses with nowhere near the talent of the Wildcats have sliced through the Lancers with ease. Look for Arizona to do what they want offensively, but the Lancers have scored against everyone, including USC. They may not score 87 points in this one, but likely enough to make this a slightly entertaining contest. I would look at the OVER in a 85-65 type of game on Wednesday at the University of Arizona.

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The Bet
OVER 144.5
Kyle E / Author

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