California at Colorado: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

California at Colorado: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes (9-3) vs California Golden Bears (6-7)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm (CU Events Center)

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The California Golden Bears will travel to the CU Events Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The California Golden Bears snapped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-7 on the season after defeating the Washington Huskies, 84-78, this past Saturday. California led by a 40-32 margin at halftime and was able to hang on late after taking an 80-75 lead with just 1:30 left in regulation. California shot 55.4% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Washington to shoot 52.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. California was outrebounded by Washington by a 32-24 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Bears was Andre Kelly who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.

On the season, California is averaging 68.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, California has been led by Matt Bradley (17.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), Ryan Betley (10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Makale Foreman (10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg), & Andre Kelly (9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg).

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Defensively, California is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Colorado Buffaloes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-3 on the season after defeating the Utah Utes, 65-58, this past Monday. Colorado got off to a slow start against Utah and went into halftime trailing by a 37-27 margin, however, the Buffaloes defense was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to hold of Utah for the victory after taking a 42-37 lead with 14:31 left in regulation. Colorado shot 35.0% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc while Utah shot 44.8% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc. Colorado outrebounded Utah by a 49-31 margin and committed just 10 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was D’Shawn Schwartz who had a double-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds, & 2 assists.

On the season, Colorado is averaging 75.6 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Jeriah Horne (10.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Evan Battey (9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), & D’Shawn Schwartz (8.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.6.

The Golden Bears are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buffaloes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

California was able to snap their losing streak, however, beating Washington is not a huge accomplishment this season and it’s going to be hard for the Golden Bears to pick up conference wins this season behind an offense that ranks just 244th in scoring offense. Colorado has looked solid this season despite losing some key players from last season and between the fact that Colorado is solid at home and that their defense that ranks 29th in scoring defense & 79th in rebound margin should give the Golden Bears trouble, I’m taking Colorado to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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