The California Golden Bears and the UC San Diego Tritons meet Tuesday in college basketball action from LionTree Arena. California is 0-2 so far this year and coming off a Friday loss to Kansas State. As for UC San Diego, they’re also 0-2 after falling to Sacramento State in their most recent game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
California had trouble with UC Davis in their opener last Monday. The Bears were down 41-36 by halftime and ended up with a 75-65 loss. Devin Askew was the top team scorer with 19 points, four assists and three rebounds.
In game two versus Kansas State it was more of the same for California. Following a 36-21 halftime deficit, the Golden Bears posted a 63-54 loss. Askew again led the team with 17 points, and Kuany Kuany chipped in 13 points.
Over on the UC San Diego side, their year kicked off with a game versus Seattle. The Tritons were down 42-29 at the break and tumbled to an 85-71 defeat. Bryce Pope was the lead team scorer with 23 points, and Emmanuel Tshimanga added 15 more points.
The Tritons took on Sacramento State in game two. After a 29-24 deficit at the break, UC San Diego failed to make the comeback and lost 65-55. Pope led the way again on 17 points, while J’Raan Brooks posted 11 points with five boards.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on California. Probably not going near this one, though; both teams have gotten off to rough starts. In any case, the Bears shot a reasonable 40.4 percent versus Kansas State in their last game, but also went just 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) with 22 turnovers on the way to the loss. UC San Diego hasn’t quite found their rhythm on either side of the ball either, so this is a great spot for California to get their first win/cover.