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California Golden Bears vs Washington St. Cougars Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 04:00 PM

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Logo California Golden Bears
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OPENNER
126.5

9.5 -110
CURRENT
127.5o -110

+400
MONEYLINE
-500

57
SCORE
65

California and Washington State will look to finish what they start Saturday afternoon, unlike their most recent Pac-12 Conference outings, when they allowed leads to disappear late.

The Cougars (9-7, 2-3) will look for their third consecutive win over the Golden Bears (9-8, 2-4) when the teams square off in Pullman, Wash.

On Thursday, the Cougars appeared on their way to a home win over Stanford, leading 35-26 at halftime. But the Cardinal dominated the second half and won 62-57, denying Washington State an opportunity to score back-to-back conference wins after a 77-61 surprise at Utah last Saturday.

Mouhamed Gueye recorded a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Cougars against Stanford, while Michael Flowers continued his impressive season with 12 points.

A graduate transfer from South Alabama, Flowers has put up at least seven points in all 16 Washington State games. He's scored in double figures 11 times.

But Flowers is more than just a scorer, coach Kyle Smith noted this week.

"I didn't expect this," Smith said of Flowers' all-around game. "He's really become a better defender. He's taken on the job of being our top passer. He's good in the pick-and-roll. If he can keep doing that, giving up some of his game for others, that's going to make us the best we can be."

Cal has lost three in a row, including 64-55 at Washington on Wednesday -- a game in which the Golden Bears led 51-47 with 8:32 to go before failing to make another basket until just 16 seconds remained.

The Huskies took control with a 15-0 flurry.

Cal shot well enough to win (50 percent overall) but made just four 3-pointers and three free throws.

"We just got worn out again at the free-throw line," Cal coach Mark Fox lamented of the Huskies' 16-3 scoring advantage at the line. "That's disappointing."

Cal was playing without starting point guard Joel Brown, who was sick and did not make the trip to the Northwest.

It's the first time this season the Bears have lost three in a row, and the skid comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

Washington State swept last year's season series with Cal in relatively comfortable fashion, 71-60 on the road in January and 82-51 at home in February.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
California Golden Bears
58
68
Washington St. Cougars

California Golden Bears vs. Washington St. Cougars Recap FEB 18TH 2021

Paris Austin scored 19 points, making all 12 of his free-throw attempts, as California won away from home for the first time this season, holding off a late rally to defeat Washington State 66-57 on Wednesday in Pullman, Wash.

The Golden Bears (11-15, 5-8 Pac-12) snapped a four-game losing streak. Cal was 0-7 on the road and 0-3 on neutral courts entering Wednesday.

Andre Kelly added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, and Matt Bradley had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Bears. Austin added seven rebounds and three assists.

Junior Tony Miller led Washington State (14-13, 5-9) with 18 points, equaling his career high. The Cougars took their third loss in a row and dropped to 12-4 at home this season.

Washington State's CJ Elleby, third in the conference with an average of 18.7 points per game, had 13 points on 4-for-18 shooting. Elleby grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Cal opened the game with a 15-4 run and never trailed. Kelly made a pair of jumpers during the run, Austin, Grant Anticevich and Kareem South added 3-pointers, and two free throws by Bradley capped the stretch.

A 3-pointer by Elleby, who was 1-for-9 in the half, pulled the Cougars within 15-7, but Cal responded with a 13-4 run, capped by Lars Thiemann's dunk off a turnover, for a 17-point advantage.

After trailing 32-20 at the intermission, Washington State twice got within seven points early in the second half, only to see the Golden Bears push their lead back to 17.

Miller's 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run as Washington State got within 58-52 with 2:34 left, but the hosts never got any closer.

Washington State point guard Isaac Bonton missed his second consecutive game due to a hip injury.

--Field Level Media

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