NCAA Basketball Picks: Bet California +2.5 In Pac-12 Clash With Oregon

Jake Walker

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 2:00 AM GMT

The California Golden Bears (12-3) visit the Oregon Ducks (11-3) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Oregon is a 2.5-point favorite on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total has been set at 141.


NCAA Basketball Pick: California +2.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

California Golden Bears
California has won three straight games, including last Sunday's impressive 71-58 victory against No. 21 Utah. Ivan Rabb scored a season-high 19 points to lead the way and Jordan Mathews made two late 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.

The Golden Bears average 76.8 points per game and they shoot 47.2 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from beyond the arc. Cal allows 64.3 points per game and their opponents are shooting just 36.9 percent from the floor. 

Tyrone Wallace leads California with 15.2 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals. Jaylen Brown averages 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while Jordan Mathews and Ivan Rabb add 13.7 points and 12.4 points respectively.

 

Oregon Ducks
Oregon's four-game winning streak ended with Sunday's tough 70-57 loss at Oregon State in their Pac-12 opener. The Beavers outrebounded the Ducks 37-32, and limited them to 35.8 percent shooting. Chris Boucher finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in the setback.

The Ducks score 76.4 points per game and shoot 45.8 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from three-point range. Defensively, Oregon gives up 65.8 points per game and their opponents shoot 39.6 percent.

Dillon Brooks averages a team-best 16.0 points to go along with 6.4 rebounds, Tyler Dorsey adds 14.6 points per game and Elgin Cook scores 13.5 points and pulls down 5.1 rebounds.

 

Betting Trends 
California is 2-0 ATS against conference opponents, 2-0 ATS after a conference game and 3-1 ATS after allowing 60 points or less.

Oregon is 1-3 ATS when the total is 140 to 149.5, 4-5 ATS as a favorite and 3-5 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.

 

Final Analysis
The Ducks are favored by 2.5 points on the NCAA Basketball odds board. Oregon didn't play well against Oregon State, their movement and execution were poor, they got beat on the boards and had bad turnovers. California is loaded with quality talent that could reach the NBA and I really like the way they're playing right now, so I have to take them and the points with my NCAA Basketball picks.