Fresno State Bulldogs vs. California Golden Bears - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (4-1) at Fresno State Bulldogs (1-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Save Mart Center)
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The California Golden Bears travel to the Save Mart Center this Sunday night to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs.
The California Golden Bears (5-1) rebounded nicely from their first loss of the season, a 71-55 loss vs. #10 ranked Texas, to take down the Cal Poly Mustangs 72-52 this past Wednesday. California controlled the boards out-rebounding Cal Poly 44-27 in the contest and played solid defense to hold the Mustangs to just 34.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears were led by Tyrone Wallace (16 points, 8 rebounds, & 5 assists), Jabari Bird (18 pts) and Jordan Mathews (17 pts, 3 reb). California is a team that likes to push the tempo and outside against the Longhorns, has put up some impressive offensive numbers so far this season. Currently, the Golden Bears are averaging 76.8 ppg (ranked 59th), grabbing 40.8 rpg (ranked 50th), dishing out 17.8 apg (ranked 21st) and shooting 47.4% from the field (ranked 67th).
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Fresno State was on the wrong end of a 68-64 final score against the Marist Red Foxes this past Wednesday to drop its 4th straight game to put them 1-5 on the young season. The Bulldogs struggled out of the gates in this one as once again as they had their troubles on the offensive end and found themselves down by double digits by halftime. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Marvelle Harris who had 17 pts, 6 reb, & 7 ast while Karachi Edo chipped in 13 points off the bench on 6 for 8 shooting. Fresno State was projected to be a middle of the pack team in the MWC, however, they will need to find some answers on the offensive end as they currently rank near the bottom of the league in points per game (58.8; ranked 317th, rebounds per game (32.6; ranked 266th), assists per game (6.6; ranked 348th) and FG% (40.4%; 257th).
The Golden Bears are 7-1-1 in their last 9 non-conference games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulldogs are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS loss, however, just 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
California has had a great start of the season, however, I’m not yet sold on the Golden Bears as their only strong victory was against what I think is an overrated Syracuse team. Although the Bulldogs lack some size and have gotten off to an awful start, I don’t think they are as bad as their record might indicate. I do believe that California will most likely win this game, however, I think the Bulldogs will get their act together enough in front of their home crowd to keep this close. I’m going to take the Bulldogs and the points in this one.