California Golden Bears (4-5) at Fresno State Bulldogs (7-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 19, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs -11 -- Over/Under: 142.5
The California Golden Bears will travel to the Save Mart Center to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The California Golden Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-5 on the season after defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs, 67-66, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, the Golden Bears was able to pick up the victory after a Paris Austin jumper with :03 seconds left in regulation gave California the lead for good. California shot 43.8% from the field and forced Cal Poly into committing 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Bears was Justice Sueing who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, California is averaging 71.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 40.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, California has been led by Paris Austin (13.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Justice Sueing (13.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Darius McNeill (11.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Matt Bradley (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
Defensively, California is averaging 75.3 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of -5.9 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Fresno State Bulldogs won their 5th straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Long Beach State 49ers, 92-71, this past Saturday. Fresno State led by a 42-32 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 66-45 lead with 13:09 left in regulation. Fresno State shot 48.0% from the field and outrebounded Long Beach State by a 45-36 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nick Blackwell who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Fresno State is averaging 79.2 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (18.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Deshon Taylor (18.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Nate Grimes (10.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Sam Bittner (7.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Golden Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bulldogs are 18-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
California has picked up a couple of needed wins, however, this is still not a great basketball team as they rank just t-252nd in scoring offense & 259th in scoring defense. Fresno State continues to pick up wins and has been outstanding on both ends of the court as they rank 81st in scoring offense, 86th in scoring defense, and 61st in defensive FG%. Fresno State is going to be a tough team to beat in the Mountain West this season and as I think they’ll have no problems with California at home, I’m taking Fresno State to cover this large spread.