A pair of schools from the Golden State renew a longstanding rivalry on the hardwood in Pac-12 action. The Stanford Cardinal make the short trip as they battle the Cal Golden Bears Sunday night. Stanford dropped their second straight with a 64-56 road loss to Colorado last Sunday. Cal lost their second in a row as they were walloped 77-43 on the road by Utah last Saturday. The Cardinal leads the all-time series between the schools 85-72 but the Golden Bears have taken three of four, including a 77-74 road win in the first matchup this season on December 30, 2017.
Stanford Cardinal Look to Earn Season Split
Stanford dropped two straight on the road as they were beaten at Utah and at Colorado last week. The Cardinal looks to regroup and earn a season split with the Golden Bears: they come into this game 13-13 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-12 this season. Stanford trailed by 11 at the half and cut the deficit to one with 5:47 to go: they were outscored 14-7 the rest of the way to take the loss. The Cardinal was held to 35.7 percent shooting from the field and went seven of 21 from three point range. Dorian Pickens led Stanford with 18 points in the loss.
The Cardinal is tied for 153rd in the nation in scoring offense as they put up 74.7 points per game. Stanford comes into this contest tied for 77th in the nation in rebounding with 37.8 boards a night and tied for 199th in assists with 13.4 per contest. The Cardinal is sputtering at times on the defensive end of the floor as they hold their opposition to 74.2 points per game. That number puts Stanford tied for 232nd in the nation in scoring defense. The Cardinal is shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Stanford is sinking 6.7 three point field goals per contest but shoots only 36.6 percent from downtown. The Cardinal is mediocre at the free throw line as they convert 68.5 percent as a team this season. Reid Travis leads the Cardinal with 19 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Dorian Pickens (14.1 points), Michael Humphrey (10.4 points, 7.4 rebounds) and Isaac White (7.1 points) are solid secondary scorers for Stanford. Daejon Davis (10.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists), Robert Cartwright, Oscar da Silva and Josh Sharma all put up at least four points a night for the Cardinal. Kezie Okpala made his season debut against Kansas back in December and has contributed additional depth.
Cal Golden Bears Seek Rare Win in Disappointing Season
Cal has suffered through a dismal season and their defeat to Utah marked their 11th defeat in 12 games. The Golden Bears come into this contest a lousy 8-18 overall and 2-11 in the Pac-12, putting them tied with Washington State for last place in the conference. Cal found itself down 16 at the half and things merely got worse from there as they were outscored 37-19 in the second half. The Golden Bears shot a miserable 39.2 percent from the field, including four of 24 from three point range. Darius McNeill was the only player in double figures for Cal with 10 in the loss.
The Golden Bears are a below average team offensively as they come in 285th in the nation with an average of 69.3 points per game. Cal is 153rd in the country in rebounding with 35.9 boards a night and 343rd with 10.1 assists per contest. The Golden Bears are struggling on the defensive end of the floor as they are tied for 307th in scoring defense by allowing 78.2 points per game. Don Coleman leads the Golden Bears with 15.6 points per game. Justice Sueing puts up 13.5 points plus 5.5 rebounds a night, Marcus Lee contributes 12.2 points plus 7.6 boards and Darius McNeill adds 11.7 points per game. Kingsley Okoroh puts up 5.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and two blocks per contest while Juhwan Harris-Dyson is the only other player scoring at least 2.2 points a game. Cal shoots only 41.6 percent from the floor as a unit this season. The Golden Bears are connecting on 4.7 triples a night but shoot 30.2 percent from beyond the arc this season. Cal has to improve on their free throw shooting: the Golden Bears are connecting on 67.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
- Cardinal are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall
- Cardinal are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Pacific-12
- Golden Bears are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game
Stanford is trying to get back above the .500 mark overall with a victory here, not to mention avenge their loss back in December to Cal. The Golden Bears have suffered through a disappointing campaign where things simply haven’t gone their way. Cal has issues on both ends of the floor and that’s going to make it a challenge for them. Even playing at home hasn’t benefitted the Golden Bears as they are 5-9 this season: while Stanford is just 2-5 on the road, you have to give them the upper hand in this contest as they earn the series split.