Idaho State Bengals (1-7) vs. California Golden Bears (4-5)
December 8, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: California Golden Bears -14 / Idaho State Bengals +14; Over/Under: -123.5
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The Idaho State Bengals and the Cal Golden Bears meet in college basketball action from the Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night.
The Idaho State Bengals come into this game on the heels of a 73-70 loss to Northern Arizona last time out. Tarik Cool leads the Bengals in scoring and assists with 11.9 PPG and 2 APG while Robert Ford III has 10.9 PPG with a team-high 4.6 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Idaho State outside of Cool this season. As a team, Idaho State is averaging 60.5 PPG on 41% shooting from the field, 28.7% from three and 66% from the foul line while allowing 68.8 PPG on 46.9% shooting from the field and 34.2% from three this season.
The Cal Golden Bears will try to bounce back from a 66-58 loss at the hands of Utah on the road in their last game. Andre Kelly leads Cal in scoring and rebounding with 15.2 PPG and 9.3 RPG while Jordan Shepherd has 14.6 PPG and Grant Anticevich has 11.7 PPG with 6.2 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Cal so far this season. Joel Brown also has 6 PPG with a team-high 2.8 APG as well on the year for the Golden Bears. As a team, Cal is averaging 64.9 PPG on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 72.7% from the foul line while allowing 66.6 PPG on 41.5% shooting from the field and 33.5% from three this season.
Idaho State is 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games. Cal is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I get the case to be made either way here, but my stronger play is going to be the under here. Neither side really has all that much to write home about offensively and I just think this is a spot where it’s the first to 60 wins so give me the under here.