Virginia vs. California - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (9-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (9-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The California Golden Bears will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the 5th ranked Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The California Golden Bears won their 5th straight game and improved to 9-2 (0-0 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the Coppin State Eagles, 84-51, this past Saturday. California dominated on both sides of the ball and had no problem cursing to a big victory after taking a 21-point halftime lead. California shot 46.6% from the field and outrebounded Coppin State by a 49-33 margin. The Golden Bears held the Eagles to 24.2% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for California was Ivan Rabb who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal. On the season, the Golden Bears have been led by Tyrone Wallace (16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apg), Jaylen Brown (13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Ivan Rabb (12.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg). Offensively, California is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field and 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Bears average 6.6 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. California is holding their opponents to an average of 65.4 ppg on 37.7% shooting. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
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The 5th ranked Virginia Cavaliers picked up their 2nd straight win over a top-15 appointment and improved to 9-1 (0-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats, 86-75, this past Saturday. Virginia used a strong offensive performance and outscored the Wildcats by a 53-46 margin to secure the victory. Virginia shot 56.5% shooting from the field and 66.7% (8-12) from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers allowed the Wildcats to shoot 49.1% shooting from the field and outrebounded Villanova by a 31-19 margin. Leading the way for Virginia was Anthony Gill who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Cavaliers have been led by Malcolm Brogdon (17.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.0 apg), Anthony Gill (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg), and London Perrantes (11.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg). Offensively, Virginia is averaging 77.3 ppg on 51.5% shooting from the field and 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers average 6.2 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.67. Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 58.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
The Golden Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The California Golden Bears have some of the best young talent in College Basketball in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb however and even though they have 9 wins, the Golden Bears haven’t fully lived up to expectations as of yet. Virginia has looked outstanding in their last two wins against West Virginia and Villanova and have shown how they can get it down on both the offensive and defensive ends. California struggled against another strong defensive team in San Diego State, losing 72-58, and I just don’t see the Golden Bears being able to hang around with the talented and experienced Cavilers in this one. I’m taking Virginia to cover.