California Golden Bears at Oregon Ducks – NCAAM December 31

Cal (5-4, 0-2) at Oregon (6-1, 1-0) – Pac-12 Network – 10pm EST


One of the old rivalries that dates back to the Pac-8 sees the Golden Bears with an 84-64 lead. Oregon has won 26 in a row at home as the Bears haven’t defeated the Ducks since 2014.

Vs. the Spread:

The Bears are 13-6-1 ATS vs. the Ducks in the last 20 games and the total has gone OVER in four of Cal’s last six games on the season. The Bears are also 8-2 ATS in their last ten at Oregon. The Ducks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and the total has gone over in nine of Oregon’s last 13 outings. The OVER has been the play in the last eight Ducks-Bears contests..

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
California +13 (-113) +750 O 133½ (-110)
Oregon -13 (-107) -1200 U 133½ (-110)

Last Time Out:

Cal got over the .500 mark as the Bears upped their record to 5-4 with a 70-65 victory over Seattle U on Dec. 22. The Bears were without their top two scorers in Grant Anticevich (10.3 ppg) and Matt Bradley (19.1 ppg). Seattle led 59-57 with 5:43 to go before the Bears closed the game on a 13-6 run.

The Ducks humbled Portland, 80-41, as Oregon held the Pilots to 21.4 percent from the floor, which was a record low in Matthew Knight Arena. It was also second to Florida’s defensive output which was 19.6 percent against Stetson in early December. Chris Duarte led Oregon with 21 points and L.J. Figueroa added 15.

Bear Tracks:

California Golden Bears Logo 101x101Both Matt Bradley and Grant Anticevich are listed as questionable going into the matchup with the Ducks.

The two must be available and must have a presence in order for California to have a shot at stealing a win.

Sophomore guard Joel Brown stepped up against CSUN and Seattle U as he scored six of his 12 points with the game in doubt in the second half against the Hawks.

Bradley leads the conference in 20-plus points games with four and his 32 free throws are third in the Pac-12. Jarred Hyder finally got his waiver and debuted in the Golden Bears’ win over CSUN where he had six points and three assists in 17 minutes. Ryan Betley and McKale Foreman have the potential to step up and make a difference for the Bears as they have made 21 and 19 triples, respectively on the season.

On the Pound:

Oregon Ducks LogoOregon had major loss when center N’Faly Dante went down on Dec. 19 with a knee injury and he had season-ending surgery.

UO is already missing Will Richardson who is out six weeks with thumb surgery.

The Ducks have won six in a row after season opening loss to Missouri and Eugene Omoruyi is the third leading scorer in the Pac-12 (18.1 ppg) after scoring double figures in every game so far. During the Ducks’ six-game winning streak, they have clobbered their opponents inside with a 45-24 advantage on average. Chris Duarte will be a tough matchup for the Bears as he averages 15.4 points while shooting 53 percent from the field. Small forward Eric Williams, Jr. (12.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and L.J. Figueroa (8.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) will have to lift their games up ever more with Dante sidelined.

Winner: Oregon (-13) 77, Cal 62
O/U: Take OVER 133½

The Bets
Oregon -13
O 133½
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