Washington State Cougars (9-7 SU, 5-8 ATS, 6-7 O/U) vs. Cal Golden Bears (12-5 SU, 7-10 ATS, 8-9 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California, 4 pm ET
Spread: Cal -15, Over/Under: 135.5
It’s a meeting of a pair of Pac-12 schools in the Golden State. The Washington State Cougars head down the Pacific coast as they tangle with the Cal Golden Bears Saturday afternoon. Washington State lost their second straight as they were routed 84-54 at Stanford Thursday night. Cal won their second straight game by dropping Washing 69-59 at home Thursday. The Golden Bears have won six of the last seven meetings, including an 80-62 road win in the lone matchup last year on February 21, 2016.
Washington State Cougars Seek to Avoid Third Straight Defeat
Washington State had won four in a row but has been handled pretty easily in their last two. The Cougars were dumped by 19 at home against #15 Oregon and were blasted by Stanford. Washington was down 48-23 at halftime and never managed to get untracked. The Cougars hit only 32.1 percent from the floor and missed 16 of their 22 three point attempts in the game. In addition, Washington State was battered 43-25 on the glass in the contest. Conor Clifford led the Cougars with 15 points in the victory.
The Cougars are 238th in the nation in scoring with an average of 71.3 points per game. Washington State is just 288th in rebounding with 34.1 boards a night and tied for 180th in assists with 13.6 per contest. Defense for the Cougars has been shaky as they are 231st in the nation by allowing 74.1 points a game. Washington State is shooting 45.6 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Cougars splash 5.8 threes a night while sinking 33.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Josh Hawkinson is the team’s leading scorer down in the low block as he averages 15.8 points plus 10.3 boards and 1.1 blocks per game. Conor Clifford chips in 10.3 points per night while Ike Iroegbu contributes 11.1 points plus three assists a game. Malachi Flynn (10.9 points), Charles Callison, Robert Franks and Derrien King each are putting up better than six points a night so far this season.
Cal Golden Bears Go for Home Sweep of Washington Schools
Cal stopped a slide where they dropped two straight and three of four by taking down Washington at home. The Golden Bears led by six at the half and used solid free throw shooting late to salt the game away. Cal shot just 39.1 percent from the field in the contest and went 6 of 17 from beyond the arc in the win. The Golden Bears were 13 of 19 at the charity stripe to best Washington’s 10 of 17 showing. Cal held a 45-40 edge on the boards and limited Washington to 35.5 percent from the field in the victory. Ivan Rabb had 20 points plus 14 rebounds to lead the Golden Bears in the victory.
The Golden Bears are a below average team offensively as they come in 246th in the nation with an average of 70.9 points per game. Cal is 13th in the country in rebounding with 41.2 a night and tied for 247th with 12.8 assists per contest. The Golden Bears are elite on the defensive end of the floor as they are 17th in scoring defense by allowing 62.2 points per game. Cal shoots only 43.8 percent from the floor as a unit this season. The Golden Bears are connecting on 6.6 triples a night but shoot only 34.3 percent from beyond the arc this season. Ivan Rabb leads the team with 15.8 points plus 11 boards a night. Charlie Moore adds 14.8 points a game while Jabari Bird chips in 14.3 points plus 5.2 rebounds per contest. Grant Mullins, Sam Singer and Kingsley Okoroh each contribute at least 5.5 points per game for the Golden Bears.
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- Golden Bears are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Golden Bears are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
This is a tough road for Washington State, at least from a straight up perspective. The Cougars were flattened on the road by Stanford and they just haven’t had much success as the visiting team this season. Cal snapped a two game slide by knocking off Washington. The Golden Bears are the better team and seeing the Hawkinson vs. Rabb matchup would be worth admission prices. Cal wins the game straight up but they’re giving too many points here so if you’re playing the line, take Washington State.