California vs. Colorado - 1/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Buffaloes (11-2) at California Golden Bears (10-3)
College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Cal Golden Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes face off on Friday in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The California Golden Bears are 10-3 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. Cal is averaging 79.3 points and they are shooting 47.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.1 points and their opponents are shooting 35 percent. Tyrone Wallace leads the Golden Bears averaging 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, Jordan Mathews is averaging 13.1 points, and Ivan Rabb is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds. Cal’s most recent loss was by one point in overtime to Virginia.
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The Colorado Buffaloes are 11-2 this season but they are coming off of a loss to SMU. Colorado is averaging 82.1 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Josh Scott leads the Buffaloes averaging 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. George King is averaging 14.4 points, Josh Fortune is averaging 11.8 points, and Dominique Collier is averaging 8.8 points. Colorado played a fairly light out of conference schedule and we will find out a lot about them in this game.
Cal is 11-23 against the spread against the Pac-12, 7-3 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games. The underdog has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
This looks like a big number but Cal has delivered so we can expect them to ring in the New Year by delivering again.