California Golden Bears vs Oregon Ducks Prediction, 12/31/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
Odds/Point Spread: California (+14)
Matthew Knight Arena is the venue where and the Oregon Ducks (6-1) will play the California Golden Bears (5-4) on Thursday. The line on this game has Oregon as 14-point favorites. The total opens at 134.
California comes into this one with a win-loss record of 5-4 on the campaign. They average 68.7 points per game (250th in the nation) while hitting 45.5% from the floor. The Golden Bears are connecting on 32.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (64 of 198) and 67.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, California is pulling in 34.9 rebounds per game and has earned 120 dimes for the year, which is 87th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.2 times per game and as a group they commit 16.4 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Golden Bears are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 300th in college hoops in allowing assists with 130 conceded for the year. The Golden Bears are giving up a FG percentage of 44.5% (223 of 501) and they concede 31.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 36.9% on three-point shots and they are 96th in the country in PPG from their opponents (65.8).
The California Golden Bears took the court against the Seattle Redhawks and took home the win by a score of 70-65 in their last contest. California finished having earned a 47.2% FG percentage (25 of 53) and converted 6 of their 19 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Golden Bears knocked down 14 of 21 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 29 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 13 assists in this contest as well as having 3 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to the defense, California let their opponent shoot 47.2% from the field on 25 of 53 shooting. Seattle totaled 14 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. Moreover, the Redhawks pulled down 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Seattle finished shooting 100.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 6 of 6 tries. They buried 5 of 23 shots from beyond the arc.
Ryan Betley is one player who came through for this contest. He notched 17 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played for 37 minutes and also collected 3 rebounds. Betley finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also distributed 3 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Golden Bears was Joel Brown. He pulled down 4 rebounds and also accounted for 2 dimes. He went 55.6% from the field for this game by connecting on 5-of-9 (12 points). When the final whistle was blown, Brown played for 36 minutes.
Oregon has a record of 6-1 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Ducks are connecting on 48.4% from the field, which has them ranked 75th in the country. Oregon has accounted for 542 pts this year (77.4 per game) and they pull down 39.3 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per game (107th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest. The Ducks are responsible for committing 15.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 68.9% from the charity stripe. The Ducks on the defensive side of the court are 63rd in college hoops in PPG given up with 63.9. They surrender 11.7 assists and 30.3 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 112th and 32nd in college hoops. The Oregon defense allows 29.0% from downtown (49 of 169) and their opponents are converting on 76.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 38.9% from the field (51st in Division 1).
For their last game, the Oregon Ducks went home victorious with a score of 80-41 when they faced the Portland Pilots. The Ducks recorded 31 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for the matchup. They also turned away 10 attempts while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Pilots committed 13 fouls in this game which got the Ducks to the charity stripe for a total of 11 shots. They were able to bury 8 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 72.7%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Oregon buried 8 of 21 tries (38.1%). When all was said and done, the Ducks ended up shooting 32 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.1%. The Ducks permitted the Pilots to bury 12 out of 56 attempts from the floor which had them at 21.4% for this game. They wrapped up this game 15.8% from three-point range by shooting 3 out of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 16 at the charity stripe (87.5%). In reference to rebounds, Oregon permitted Portland to get 22 in total (8 offensive).
Chris Duarte ended up having an impact for the Ducks for the contest. He buried 7 of 11 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 63.6%, which got him 21 points. Duarte grabbed 4 rebounds in his 23 minutes played and tallied 2 assists for the contest. Another guy who came through for Oregon was LJ Figueroa. He ended up with 15 points in 22 minutes on the court by going 6 out of 11 shooting in this contest. Figueroa ended the game having shot 54.5% from the field while also collecting 2 dimes and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take California (+14)
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