Can Cal recover in time vs. Hawaii?
Can No. 4 Cal find a way to rally together after suffering a big loss when it faces No. 13 Hawaii in the NCAA Tournament today at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, California is a slight favorite in this game, as the Golden Bears are getting odds of -4.5 points against Hawaii. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 141.5 points. These two meet in a second round game of the South Region from the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.
California is 23-10 on the season, 1-3 on a neutral floor and 18-14-1 against the spread. Hawaii is 27-5 overall, 4-0 on a neutral court and 14-12 against the spread. Cal was an at-large bid out of the Pac-12 Conference while Hawaii won the Big West Conference Tournament to reach the Big Dance. These two last met in 2006 with Cal getting a 72-56 home win.
The Golden Bears suffered a big blow with Tyrone Wallace suffering a broken hand in practice. Wallace has led the team in minutes, scoring, assists and steals this season. Now Cal has to regroup and play in a big setting despite being 0-4-1 against the spread in its last 5 on a neutral floor. Hawaii comes in 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 on a neutral floor. With the Bears hurting, look for the Warriors to try and take the wind out of Cal right away and pull off the upset.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: HAWAII +4.5