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Oregon Ducks vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

California Golden Bears (10-4) at Oregon Ducks (13-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Oregon Ducks and the Cal Golden Bears face off on Thursday in Pac-12 college basketball action.

The Oregon Ducks are coming off of their first loss of the season as they fell at Colorado. Oregon dropped to 17th in the rankings but they are still a perfect 9-0 at home this season. Joseph Young is averaging 19.1 points to lead the Ducks in scoring. Mike Moser is averaging 13.9 points and 7.6 rebounds, Damyean Dotson is averaging 11.6 points, and Jason Calliste is averaging 11.2 points. Oregon is averaging 89.4 points and they are shooting 49.6 percent from the floor while defensively their opponents average 76.1 points and shoot 42.6 percent. The Ducks have looked like one of the better teams all season.

Oregon Ducks vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14

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The Cal Golden Bears are 10-4 on the season and they are coming off of a win in their Pac-12 opener at Stanford. Cal is 1-2 on the road this season and 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Justin Cobbs is averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 assists to lead the Ducks. David Kravish is averaging 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds, Richard Solomon is averaging 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace and Jabari Bird are averaging 11.3 points. Cal is averaging 74.2 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 6.4 points and their opponents shoot 40.7 percent. Cal is playing their second of three consecutive road games.

Oregon is 8-2-2 against the spread in their last 12 road games, 4-12-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 1-6 against the spread following a loss. Cal is 6-14-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. The road team has covered the point spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

This is a big number and I believe it to be too big as I like the Ducks to win and the Bears to cover. 

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Cal Golden Bears +9

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