Cal State-Northridge Matadors (3-2) at California Golden Bears (3-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears -9.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The CSU Northridge Matadors and California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.
The CSU Northridge Matadors look for a win to build on their 3-2 record. The CSU Northridge Matadors are averaging 78.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. TJ Starks is averaging 19.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while Lance Coleman II is averaging 17.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. Alex Merkviladze is the third double-digit scorer and Miles Brookins is grabbing four rebounds. The CSU Northridge Matadors are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The CSU Northridge Matadors are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game.
The California Golden Bears need a win after losing three of their last four games. The California Golden Bears are averaging 65.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Matt Bradley is averaging 19.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while Grant Anticevich is averaging 10.3 points and 1.1 assists. Ryan Betley is dishing 1.7 assists and Andre Kelly is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.
The Matadors are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Bears are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games. The over is 21-6 in Matadors last 27 Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in Golden Bears last 7 overall.
The CSU Northridge Matadors aren't a pushover, as they have a win over Pepperdine, hung around with Stanford and they're a top-100 team in points per game. The California Golden Bears have lost three of their last four games and have serious issues when it comes to scoring the basketball. While Cal is the better team here overall and should eventually get its act together, I can't confidently lay big chalk with the Golden Bears.