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Cal vs. Syracuse - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (2-0) at California Golden Bears (2-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: California Golden Bears +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Syracuse Orange and the Cal Golden Bears face off on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in a college basketball matchup.

The Syracuse Orange are off to a 2-0 start and are ranked 24th in the nation but it has come against the softest of competition. Syracuse is averaging 77 points and shooting 45.3 percent from the floor but just 28.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc while their opponents average 44.5 points and shoot 35.2 percent. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 12.5 points, Chris McCullough is averaging 7.5 points and B.J. Johnson is averaging 6.5 points. The Orange have outrebounded their opponents 43-26 but the level of competition hasn’t been there. This is a bit of a rebuilding year for Syracuse.

Cal vs. Syracuse  - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cal Golden Bears are off to a 2-0 start but like the Cuse it has been against soft competition. Cal is averaging 92 points and they are shooting 56.7 percent and 47.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc while they are allowing 58 points and their opponents shoot 33.3 percent. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 20 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, Jordan Mathews is averaging 17 points, Jabari Bird is averaging 13.5 points 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, and Dwight Tarwater is averaging 10.5 points. Cal outrebounds their opponents 38-25 on average.

Cal is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games, 7-3 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-6 against the spread against the ACC. Syracuse is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 0-6 against the spread following a win.

Cal is getting five here but they should be favored as the line seems to be swayed by the delusional Syracuse backers who usually seem to feel they deserve more credit than they actually do creating a huge value spot for the rest of us. 

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Cal Golden Bears +5

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