CSU Bakersfield vs. Cal Pick

Can California cover the 9.5 vs. CSU Bakersfield? NIT Predictions 3/14/17

Will No. 1 California be able to cruise to a big win when it takes on No. 8 CSU Bakersfield tonight at 11:15PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, California is the favorite in tonight’s game, as the Golden Bears are getting odds of -9.5 points against CSU Bakersfield. The over/under total for the game is listed at 124.5 points. These two last met in 2014, with Bakersfield pulling off the 55-52 upset of Cal. Tonight’s game takes place from Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, California.

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Cal went 21-12 this season to earn a top seed in the Pac-12. The Bears were 15-3 at home and posted a 15-18 record against the spread. Cal averaged just 68.2 points per game on offense while allowing just 63.1 on defense. At home, Cal held opponents to only 59.9 points per game while putting up 72 points on offense. Jabari Bird is leading the team with 14.3 points per game, but he is questionable with a concussion. Ivan Rabb puts up 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Bakersfield went 22-9 this season while putting up an 8-6 record in true road games. The Roadrunners played in just six lined games this season, going only 2-4 against the spread. Bakersfield averaged just 68.8 points per game on offense but allowed only 63.4 on defense. Jaylin Airington is leading the team with 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while Damiyne Durham is averaging 12.6 points per game.

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Cal has a really solid defense and that is coming against a Pac-12 schedule. Bakersfield doesn’t have much of an offense and that is against much-less competition. The Roadrunners should really struggle against this Cal defense, which will welcome this challenge at home. Bakersfield is a respectable defense as well, but it hasn’t face a lot of teams like Cal.

 

NIT TOURNAMENT PREDICTION: CALIFORNIA -9.5

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