Stanford vs. California - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (12-5) at Stanford Cardinal (9-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal +2.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears and face off on Thursday in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The Stanford Cardinal are 9-6 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. Stanford is averaging 69.9 points and they are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Rosco Allen leads the Cardinal averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Allen is averaging 12.7 points, Dorian Pickens is averaging 11.4 points, and Michael Humphrey is averaging 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Stanford is 7-3 at home this season.
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The California Golden Bears are 12-5 this season and they have lost their last two games. Cal is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.3 points and their opponents are shooting 37.5 percent. Tyrone Wallace leads the Golden Bears allowing 15.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.9 points and 6.2 rebounds, Jordan Mathews is averaging 13.1 points, and Ivan Rabb is averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. Cal is playing their third consecutive road game.
Stanford is 2-7 against the spread against the Pac-12 and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage better than .600. Cal is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 5-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in 11 of the last 15 meetings of these two.
Cal is just the better team here and I look for them to win convincingly.