NCAA Basketball Picks, and Odds For Thursday. February 2, 2017: Utah Utes at California Golden Bears.

Written and authored by College Basketball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Basketball Betting news and notes.

NCAA Basketball Predictions are tops in the industry and will continue through the NCAA Basketball March Madness Finals in April of 2017. The (15-6) Utah Utes of the PAC-Twelve Conference will travel to the “BAY AREA” for a Conference matchup.

Utah will take on the (15-6) Cal Golden Bears also of the PAC-12 in 2017 College Basketball action. Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST on the PAC-12 Network.

The game is on Thursday. February 2, 2017. The teams will play at Haas Pavilion on campus in Berkeley, California.

The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Utes are a solid basketball team but not as good as the past two seasons.

Utah has a crafty head coach who had a productive NBA career and is a great teacher of young players.

The Cal Golden Bears lost Jaylon Brown to the NBA after his freshman season. Head Coach Cuonzo Martin will have the University of California basketball program at the top of the Conference in a few years.

The Opening Betting line has the California Golden Bears as a one and a half point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is unavailable for Thursday’s contest.

The 2017 Utah Utes are 4-2 on the road this season and 6-3 vs. PAC-Twelve opponents.

Utah beat Oregon State at home in their last game but has dropped their last two to the number.

Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak has basketball fans in the “BEEHIVE STATE” excited about the future of their program.

The Utes have been a high seed in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. The coaching staff is doing a great job with the talent pool this season.

Kyle Kuzma averages a little more than fifteen points per game and is the team’s best player.

Kuzma can play at the next level but needs more work to become a complete player.

The Utah offense ranks third nationally in shooting the basketball. Utah can also rebound with the best teams in all of College Basketball.

The key to a Utes victory is to play right on the perimeter at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Utah Utes at 1,500 to win the PAC-Twelve Conference Championship.

 

The California Golden Bears have won five of their last six straight up. The Golden Bears are just 1-4 their last five Against The Point Spread.

Thursday’s contest if the first meeting between the teams this season. California has lost tow of the last three vs. Utah, dating back the 2016 season.

Head Coach Cuonzo Martin spent three seasons at Tennessee before coming to the “EAST BAY.” Martin enters his third season on the bench in Berkeley, California.

Sophomore Forward Ivan Rabb is the team leading scorer and best player.

Rabb is a top twenty draft pick if he decides to go to the NBA. However, he must continue to learn and get stronger.

The Golden Bears strength is defense; they allow opponents just 39.4 percent shooting from the floor.

The key to a Cal win Thursday is to take advantage of the home crowd and defend.

Bovada.Lv lists the California Golden Bears at +1,500 to win the 2017 PAC-12 Conference Title.

Winning. NCAA Basketball New and Notes For Thursday. February 2, 2017.

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