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California vs. CSU-Northridge - 11/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal State-Northridge Matadors (1-4) at California Golden Bears (2-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Networks

The CSU Northridge Matadors will travel to Haas Pavilion to take on the California Golden Bears this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The CSU Northridge lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 1-4 on the season after being defeated by the Binghamton Bearcats, 70-65, this past Wednesday. CSU Northridge led by a 31-26 margin at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half, and couldn’t fight back after Binghamton took a 49-40 lead with 11:09 left in regulation. CSU Northridge shot 47.2% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Matadors was Tavrion Dawson who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, CSU Northridge is averaging 69.2 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Matadors are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, CSU Northridge has been led by Tavrion Dawson (15.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Michael Warren (13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Lyrik Shreiner (12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Terrell Gomez (10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg). Defensively, CSU Northridge is allowing their opponents to an average of 72.2 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Matadors have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

California vs. CSU-Northridge - 11/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The California Golden Bears dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the D-II Chaminade Silverswords, 96-72, this past Wednesday. California went into halftime trailing by a 40-30 margin and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Chaminade run gave the Silverswords a 55-39 lead with 15:16 left in regulation. California allowed Chaminade to shoot 55.6% from the field and 56.0% (14-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Bears was Justice Sueing who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, California is averaging 75.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears are averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, California has been led by Don Coleman (24.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Justice Sueing (14.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Darius McNeill (11.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Marcus Lee (10.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.2 bpg). Defensively, California is allowing their opponents to average 82.0 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Matadors are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Pac-12 opponents. The Golden Bears are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games following a straight up loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

CSU Northridge looked primed to have a decent season with a bunch of experience however, had a tough offseason as three starters decided to transfer. The Matadors still do have Tavrion Dawson, however the CSU Northridge has struggled on both ends of the court as the Matadors rank 279th in scoring offense, 248th in FG%, and 247th in defensive FG%. California almost upset the 6th ranked Wichita State Shockers to start the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, however, it was a tough finish for the Golden Bears after losing to D-II Chaminade. It must have been a tough week of practice for the Golden Bears after the lack of effort they showed against Chaminade, and between the facts that the Golden Bears are the more talented team and should come out focused and determined in this one, I’m taking California to cover this home spread. 

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