California Golden Bears vs. Arkansas Razorbacks NIT Tournament Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/24/14
Arkansas Razorbacks (22-11) at California Golden Bears (20-13)
College Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas Razorbacks visit the California Golden Bears in second round NIT action Monday at 11PM on ESPN2.
Arkansas is the 3 seed in their region and won their opening round contest over Indiana State 91-71. The Razorbacks were simply too much for the Sycamores in this one as they blew open a six point halftime lead by scoring 54 in the second half and breaking the 90 point mark. Anthlon Bell was the class of this game as the guard shot the ball 11-13 from the floor and led all scorers easily with 28 points. Bell hit 6 threes as well and added 6 boards. On the blocks, young stud Bobby Portis scored 10 points and ripped down 13 rebounds. To add to their production, the Razorbacks got 28 points off the bench from their reserves in the romp.
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Cal held pat on their home court this past week as the 2 seed Golden Bears got past Utah Valley 77-64. The Golden Bears did not have much trouble in this one, leading throughout and holding Utah Valley’s 3 point shooting in check. The Golden Bears had five players score in double figures with David Kravish’s 14 points and 10 boards leading the way. Jabari Bird had 11 and Justin Cobbs added 13. Off the bench, Call continues to get strong contributions as Jordan Mathews chipped in 13 points and 7 boards. Cal racked up 20 assists, won the battle on the boards and shot the ball 52% from the floor overall.
Cal has been solid at home this year but has struggled with teams that have big athletes and dynamic guard play. Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they have all of the above and play a hard nosed defense like the Bears have likely not seen this year. I expect this one to go wire to wire but like Anthlon Lee’s hot hand to be the difference as the Razorbacks steal the win and cover on the road and move forward in NIT play.