Stanford vs. California - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford vs. California - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears (13-18) at Stanford Cardinal (20-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -9.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5

TV: Pac 12 Network

The Stanford Cardinal and the Cal Golden Bears meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.

The Cal Golden Bears enter the conference tournament as the #10-sed, finishing the year with a 7-11 conference record as part of their 13-18 overall mark this season, losing out on a three-way tiebreaker with Oregon State and Utah. Matt Bradley leads the Golden Bears in scoring with 17.5 PPG while Paris Austin has 9.1 PPG and a team-high 2.5 APG and Grant Anticevich has a team-high 5.5 RPG this season. As a team, Cal is averaging 63.2 points on 42% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 73.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.6 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 36.2% from 3-point range this season.

The Stanford Cardinal come into the Pac-12 tourney as the 7th seed, finishing the year with a 9-9 conference record as part of their 20-11 overall mark this season. Oscar Da Silva leads Stanford in scoring and rebounding with 16.1 PPG and 6.3 RPG while Tyrell Terry has 14.9 PPG and Daejon Davis has a team-high 3.7 APG for the Cardinal this season. Spencer Jones also has 8.9 PPG for Stanford as the Cardinal’s 3rd leading scorer. As a team, Stanford is averaging 70.1 points on 47.4% shooting from the field, 37.2% from 3-point range and 70.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.5 points on 39.8% shooting from the field and 29.7% from 3-point range this season.

I considered Cal and the points as the Golden Bears do own a win over Stanford this season. However, Cal wasn’t very good away from home, whether it be true road games or neutral site games, and the Golden Bears just had issues scoring more often than not this season. Stanford fell off in a big way as the season went on, but the Cardinal are just the better team here and should be able to put this one away by double-digits when all is said and done. I’ll lay the points with Stanford here.

Chris’s Pick Stanford -9.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.