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Hawaii Warriors vs. California Golden Bears - 3/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (23-10) vs. Hawaii Warriors (27-5)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: California Golden Bears -7 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The California Golden Bears will play the Hawaii Warriors in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawaii Warriors are 27-5 (13-3) and are the #13 seed in the South Region. Hawaii was able to win the Big West Conference Tournament by defeating Cal State Fullerton (75-44), UC Santa Barbara (88-76), and Long Beach State (64-60). Before the conference tournament, Hawaii finished the regular season by winning 2 of their last 3 games. Hawaii is averaging 77.6 points per game while giving up 66.5 points per game. Hawaii is also averaging 37.4 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game. Stefan Jankovic is averaging 15.7 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game for Hawaii. Aaron Valdes is averaging 14.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Warriors. Hawaii is shooting 68.1% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 46.2% on all field goal attempts.

Hawaii Warriors vs. California Golden Bears - 3/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The California Golden Bears are 23-10 (12-6) and are the #4 seed in the South Region. California lost to Utah in the semi-finals of the PAC-12 tournament by a score of 82-78. California was able to defeat Oregon State by a score of 76-68 in their first game of the conference tournament. Before the conference tournament, California finished the regular season by winning 8 of their last 9 games. California is averaging 75.1 points per game while giving up 67 points per game. California is also averaging 40 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.3 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for California. Jaylen Brown is averaging 15 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Golden Bears. California is shooting 65.6% on free throws, 36.9% on three-pointers, and 46.1% on all field goal attempts.

Hawaii is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games. Hawaii is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The under is 5-1 in Hawaii’s last 6 neutral site games. California is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games. California is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The under is 5-0 in California’s last 5 non-conference games.

Hawaii had a very good season and was able to win the Big West Conference tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament. California ended the regular season playing very well and has a very talented roster. Both teams are similar in points against, while California has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. I think this has the potential to be an upset, so I am going to take the points with Hawaii. 

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Hawaii Warriors +7

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