California at Stanford - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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California (13-18) at Stanford (20-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Stanford -9.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
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The Stanford Cardinal (20-11, CONF 9-9) and California Golden Bears (13-18, CONF 7-11) face off in the Pac 12 Tournament at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Stanford and Cal faced off twice this year with the home team winning each of the games.
California is going through a rebuild and it has resulted in a lot of struggles on the court. Over the last ten games, Cal has won only three games, and when they struggle it’s usually because of the offense.
Overall this season Cal is averaging 63.2 points per game while the defense is giving up 69.6 points and letting opponents shoot 43.3 percent from the field.
The Golden Bears are led by guard Matt Bradley who is averaging 17.5 points while shooting 43.9 percent from the field.
In three of the last four games, Bradley has scored at least 15 points and the Golden Bears need him to be good in this game.
Stanford has lost two games in a row but before that they had won four games straight and covered the spread in each of those wins.
Stanford isn’t known as an elite offensive team, and each of the last two games they haven’t finished with more than 67 points. Overall this season Stanford is averaging 70.1 points per game while the defense is giving up 62.5 points.
Stanford is led by forward Oscar da Silva who is averaging 16.1 points while shooting 58.4 percent from the field. In each of the last seven games, dal Silva has scored at least 14 points.
The under is 20-6-1 in Cal’s last 27 games played on Wednesday. Cal is 14-36-2 against the spread in their last 52 games played on Wednesday. Stanford is 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games played on Wednesday. The underdog is 6-2 in the last eight meetings played between Stanford and Cal.
This has been a series that has been dominated by the underdog and Cal has done a good job of putting up a fight in most games. Look for Cal to slow down the pace of play and that will be enough for them to cover the spread.