Stanford vs. California Basketball Pick

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Stanford Cardinal
vs.
California Golden Bears

Date/Time: March 6th, 11:00 pm ET

Television: ESPN2

College Basketball Odds from Sportsbook

Point Spread: California -5.5

Total: 134

 

Basketball Betting Game Trends

Stanford Cardinal

  • Stanford is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against California
  • Stanford is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against California
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford’s last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Stanford’s last 7 games when playing on the road against California

California Golden Bears

  • California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Stanford
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of California’s last 7 games when playing at home against Stanford
  • California is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Stanford
  • California is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California’s last 6 games

 

NCAA Basketball Pick – March 6th

Pac-12 bubble dwellers will be meeting at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night in a crucial battle of arch rivals. The California Golden Bears will hope to put that last pin in the bubble of the Stanford Cardinal, something that will be accomplished if they beat the college basketball odds in this one.

The only reason that Stanford is still even remotely in the discussion right now for the NCAA Tournament is the fact that the rest of the teams on the bubble just keep finding ways to lose. That being said, a win in this one at least would keep the Cardinal in the discussion going into the Pac-12 Tournament next week. There really isn’t a lot of depth on this Stanford team, and it is showing late in games. F Dwight Powell, G Chasson Randle, and F Josh Huestis really carry this club, and the stats certainly don’t lie about it. Huestis and Powell are both capable of going off for double-doubles any given night. Powell is averaging 15.3 points and 8.2 boards per game, while Huestis is at 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per night. These two also have combined to block 90 shots this year, an average of three per game. Randle is the team’s top guard, and in spite of the fact that he is only shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, he is still the team’s second leading scorer at 14.1 points per game.

There aren’t many teams that have emerged from this bubble as solid teams that are in the NCAA Tournament at this point, but we would have a hard time imagining Cal getting in. The team has won seven games in a row to close out the regular season, and some of those wins against teams like Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona are big time victories that deserve some recognition. The Golden Bears have gotten the job done with defense, holding three of their last four foes to just 46 points. No one has eclipsed 68 against Cal since losing to the Colorado Buffaloes back on January 27th. Two of the best pure scorers in the Pac-12 are on this team, and it is rare that either G Allen Crabbe or G Justin Cobbs comes off of the court. Crabbe is averaging 18.4 points per game, while Cobbs is good for 14.8 points per game, and no one else on the team is even anywhere close to what these two have produced.

Prediction:

The favored team is 20-7 ATS in this series, and the home side has won and covered six in a row. There’s no reason to think that the Cardinal are going to be able to emerge from the depths of the bottom of the bubble to rise to the top, something that winning this game would do for them. Go with Cal and lay the middling point spread. California 68 – Stanford 60

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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