Check out our free Oregon vs California pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Berkeley. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Oregon vs California Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds
Ducks vs Golden Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Oregon Ducks at California Golden Bears
- Where: Berkeley at Haas Pavilion
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds: Oregon -7.5, ORE -371 | CAH +282 O/U 131.5
The Oregon Ducks head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 10-8. On the road, the Ducks will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 1-3. So far, the Ducks have been favored 10 times, going 7-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Oregon as -7.5 point favorites.
Oregon will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Will Richardson who is averaging 13.88 points per game for the Ducks. Richardson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Ducks’ offensive game plan is the play of N’Faly Dante who has hit 61.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.12 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Oregon this season, as they are currently ranked 165th in college basketball at 72.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Ducks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 302nd in the NCAA.
Golden Bears Preview:
The California Golden Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 3-15. Currently, the Golden Bears have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 3-9. So far, the Golden Bears have been the underdog 12 times, going 2-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Lars Thiemann comes into today’s game as the Golden Bears’ leading scorer at 11.39 points per contest. Not only has Thiemann been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is California’s top rebounder at 6.17 boards per contest. Before getting a bet down on this game, we recommend keeping close watch on the availability of Devin Askew, as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the Golden Bears’ will be without their 2nd leading scorer at Devin Askew points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for California this season, as they are currently ranked 418th in college basketball at 63.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 424th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Oregon Ducks -7.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Oregon Ducks to pick up the win and cover the spread as -7.5 point betting favorites. Although Oregon as a team is just 139th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Bears’ defense. At -7.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Ducks to come out on top and cover.