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California vs. Sam Houston State - 11/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-2) at California Golden Bears (3-0)

College Basketball: Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -20 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12

The California Golden Bears and the Sam Houston State Bearkats face off on Monday in college basketball action.

The California Golden Bears are off to a 3-0 start to the season and they are ranked 14th in the nation. Cal is averaging 84 points per game and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively Cal is allowing 64.7 points and their opponents are shooting 36.6 percent. Tyrone Wallace leads the Bears with 21.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, Ivan Rabb is averaging 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, and Jordan Mathews is averaging 11.7 points. Cal is crushing the boards outrebounding their opponents on average 43.7-28.7.

California vs. Sam Houston State - 11/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Sam Houston State Bearkats are off to a 1-2 start to the season and are coming off of an overtime loss to Southern Illinois. For the season SHSU is averaging 65.5 points and they are shooting 38.9 percent while  defensively they are allowing 85.5 points and their opponents are shooting 54.4 percent. Dakari Henderson is leading the Bearkats averaging 20.7 points per game. Ameer Jackson is averaging 13.7 points, Aurimas Majauskas is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Jamal Williams is averaging 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. Sam Houston State is likely going to have trouble competing o the boards.

Cal is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing road record. Sam Houston State is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 1-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine road games.

This one has a monster spread but I find it tough to find an angle that makes me believe SHSU can cover here so my free pick is Cal. 

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Cal Golden Bears -20

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