California Golden Bears vs Oregon State Beavers Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Oregon State Beavers
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, OR
Odds/Point Spread: California (+3)
The California Golden Bears (5-4) go to Gill Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the Oregon State Beavers (4-3). The odds on this matchup have Oregon State as 3-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 131.5.
California steps onto the court with a record of 5-4 for the campaign. They are averaging 68.7 pts per game (247th in the country) while shooting 45.5% from the field. The Golden Bears are connecting on 32.3% on shots from 3-point land (64 of 198) and 67.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, California is pulling down 34.9 boards per game and has accounted for 120 assists on the year, which has them ranked 95th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad they commit 16.4 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Golden Bears have forced 12.9 turnovers per game while drawing 18.2 fouls. They rank 295th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 130 relinquished on the year. The Golden Bears defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.5% (223 of 501) and they concede 31.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 91st in the country in points per game allowed (65.8).
The California Golden Bears stepped onto the hardwood against the Seattle Redhawks and notched a win by a score of 70-65 in their last contest. California walked away from the contest having earned a 47.2% FG percentage (25 of 53) and converted 6 out of their 19 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Golden Bears knocked down 14 of their 21 shots for a rate of 66.7%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they collected 29 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 13 dimes for this contest while earning 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. In reference to defense, California allowed 47.2% from the floor on 25 of 53 shooting. Seattle recorded 14 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Redhawks grabbed 31 boards (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Seattle ended up shooting 100.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 6 shots. They also converted 5 out of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
Ryan Betley is a player who was a contributor for the contest. He was able to score 17 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played 37 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Betley walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Golden Bears was Joel Brown. He collected 4 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He finished shooting 55.6% from the floor in this matchup by going 5-of-9 (12 points). When all was said and done, Brown saw the court for 36 minutes.
Oregon State has a mark of 4-3 for the season. The Beavers have committed 17.9 fouls per game and they hit 72.9% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 17.1 times per contest (40th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 11.6 times per game. Oregon State has totaled 539 pts so far this season (77.0 per contest) and they collect 39.9 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Beavers are hitting on 43.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 225th in the nation. The Beavers are ranked 64th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 64.3. The Oregon State defense concedes 28.9% on 3-pointers (44 of 152) and opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 10.7 assists and 35.6 boards per contest, which has them ranked 56th and 181st in the country. They are able to force 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.0% from the floor (49th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Oregon State Beavers walked away with a victory by a final of 67-62 against the Portland State Vikings. The Beavers snagged 21 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 31 for this contest. They also turned away 3 tries while earning 6 steals for the matchup. The Vikings earned 24 fouls in this matchup which got the Beavers to the charity stripe for 29 tries. They were able to bury 19 of those for a rate of 65.5%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Oregon State made 8 of 21 attempts (38.1%). Overall, the Beavers ended up going 20 for 53 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.7%. The Beavers permitted the Vikings to bury 21 out of 49 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.9% for this contest. They finished shooting 33.3% from distance by shooting 7 of 21 and ended up going 13 out of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Oregon State permitted Portland State to grab 31 in all (6 on the offensive side).
Zach Reichle ended up being a factor for the Beavers in this game. He converted 4 of 9 for the matchup for a rate of 44.4%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Reichle snagged 6 boards in his 34 minutes and accumulated 4 dimes for the matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Oregon State was Jarod Lucas. He was able to score 15 points in his 28 minutes played by going 4 out of 11 shooting in this game. Lucas ended the game having shot 36.4% from the field while also collecting 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take California (+3)
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