California vs. Wisconsin - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (10-1) at California Golden Bears (10-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and California Golden Bears clash Monday night at the Haas Pavilion.
The Wisconsin Badgers are off to a 10-1 start and play their third true road game. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 74.5 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 51.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16 points and 7.6 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 11.8 points and four rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Traevon Jackson is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. The Wisconsin Badgers are one of the more balanced teams in the country, which includes 71.4 percent shooting from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Wisconsin is forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32.5 percent shooting from deep. Four of Wisconsin’s last eight regular season losses have been on the road.
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The California Golden Bears are also off to a 10-1 start and play their third ranked team. On the season, Cal is averaging 70.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 19.5 points and 4.4 assists while Jordan Mathews is averaging 13 points and 3.5 rebounds. David Kravish is shooting 47.2 percent from the field and Christian Behrens is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The California Golden Bears area Top 50 defensive team, holding teams to 29 percent shooting from deep and allowing no more than 67 points in nine of their 11 games. Offensively, Cal is shooting 64.4 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from deep. Jabari Bird is doubtful for this game with a foot injury.
The Badgers are 41-19-1 ATS in their last 61 non-conference games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win. The Golden Bears are 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games and 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
The Wisconsin Badgers are not only the better and deeper team, but they have experience of playing in tough places. I'm not sure the Golden Bears have enough to keep this game close for 40 minutes, especially with Bird's status in question. Look for the Badgers to win by double digits.