California Golden Bears (7-9) at Washington Huskies (12-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 11, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Huskies -10.5 -- Over/Under: 153
Pac-12 Networks; Bay Arena, Washington, and National Feeds
The California Golden Bears will travel to the Alaska Airlines Arena to take on the Washington Huskies this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The California Golden Bears lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-9 (1-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the UCLA Bruins, 107-84, this past Saturday. California had no answers for the UCLA offense and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 54-33 margin at halftime. California allowed UCLA to shoot 58.2% from the field and 56.7% (17-30) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Bears was Marcus Lee who had a double-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, California is averaging 75.7 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, California has been led by Don Coleman (18.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Marcus Lee (12.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.2 bpg), Darius McNeil (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Justice Sueing (12.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, California is allowing their opponents to average 81.4 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -2.2.
The Washington Huskies improved to 12-4 (2-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Washington State Cougars, 70-65, this past Saturday. Washington trailed for most of the game however, finished the game strong and was able to pick up the victory after finishing the last 2:18 of regulation on an 8-0 run. Washington shot 52.7% from the field and forced Washington state to commit 23 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was David Crisp who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Washington is averaging 78.6 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Jaylen Nowell (16.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Noah Dickerson (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), David Crisp (12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Matisse Thybulle (11.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 3.3 spg, 1.6 bpg). Defensively, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Huskies are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games vs. Pac-12 opponents and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
California has lost 3 of their last 4 games and has struggled on the defensive end this season as the Golden Bears rank just 330th in scoring defense and 282nd in defensive FG%. Washington has won 5 of their last 6 games and has been great on the offensive end as the Huskies rank 88th in scoring offense and 60th in FG%. Washington is an impressive 9-1 at home this season and as I think the Huskies will have no trouble putting up points on a Golden Bears defense that has given up 91.8 ppg over their last 4 games, I’m taking the Huskies to win this one by double-digits. Take Washington to cover.