California Golden Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal Pick – NCAAM February 7, 2021

Super Bowl Sunday has finally arrived, as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all set to do battle at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday evening. That’s not the only sport on Sunday, though. There is action in the NHL, NBA, NCAA, and even some horse racing available for wagering today.

If you are looking to extend your sports betting day following the Super Bowl on Sunday, then you can do that on the hardwood. There is a college basketball contest in the Pac-12 at 7:00 p.m. PST or 10:00 p.m. EST out west between the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal. Just a word of warning before you go diving into Cal and Stanford.

If you were a loser on the Super Bowl and down units, don’t scurry to get it all back on one game. Take it game-by-game and day-by-day instead of busting your bankroll in a day. It’s a big day, but keep in mind the Super Bowl is just another event when it comes down to it.

Conversely, if you win on the Super Bowl, don’t feel the need to press hard and get away from your normal unit size. Looking to double and triple up can be just as dangerous to a bankroll, which can evaporate in quick order if you aren’t careful. With that out of the way, let’s move on to our college basketball game of the day in California.

Cal and Stanford will meet for the second time in three days on Sunday. Stanford dispatched the Golden Bears by a score of 70-55 on Thursday. It was an impressive display by the Cardinal to pick up a 15-point on the road as a 5.5-point favorite. However, it was only their first win since January 28 after losing a couple of games in a row against Arizona State, 79-75, and USC, 70-55.

The Cardinal have been operating with a makeshift starting five as a result of three starters, including leading contributors Daejon Davis and Ziaire Williams. It came as a shock to many that Stanford bagged Williams, but he passed on several top schools to play at Stanford. Williams has been out for the past five games as a result of Covid-19 issues, though. Without Davis, Stanford is without a four-year starter piloting the offense.

The Golden Bears have had all kinds of problems this season, so the Stanford win was likely more of a reflection of how weak they are than how good Stanford is. Cal enters on a five-game losing streak, and have regressed to 7-13 on the season. They’re playing frustrated, but can’t play much worse than they did Thursday at home. Head below for our free California vs. Stanford pick on February 7, 2021.

California Golden Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Cal +11 (-110)
  • Stanford -11 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Cal +520
  • Stanford -700
Total:

  • Over 132 (-110)
  • Under 132 (-110)

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California vs. Stanford Prediction:

California needs to strike a match offensively, and get going or they are going to continue to lose games. Their offense has run into all types of problems this season, and the struggle has continued through January and into February. There is no easy fix for Cal this year, so they’re just going to have to recruit better. Cal was in much better form offensively early in the season. They were moving the ball around nicely and there was some chemistry.

However, it can’t be overstated enough that they’ve taken advantage of some really bad offenses to skew their numbers. Cal has netted an average of 66.3 points per game overall. Let’s subtract games against Washington, Northwest Washington, Cal State Northridge, and they’d be hovering around 60 points scored per game.

They’ve scored more than 80 points twice this season, which came against Northwest Washington and Cal State Northridge. Across the country, Cal ranks 294th in the NCAA with 66.3 points per game. This is against a relatively easy schedule as well. On the road, they sink to 62.7 points per game. The Cardinal just easily held this offense to 55 points on the road, so I can’t see a trip to Stanford benefitting the Golden Bears much. In their last five attempts, Cal has scored fewer than 60 points per game.

Stanford is 173rd in the NCAA with 72.1 points scored per contest. They’ve been pretty consistent in that regard, even without three starters in the lineup. That said, if Oscar da Silva was to get injured, Stanford would have plenty of problems. In their past five outings without Ziaire Williams, Stanford has scored 71.4 points per game.

Don’t get it twisted, Stanford is better with Williams on the floor, but they’ve been able to manage well enough, and that’s what they’ll do tonight. Expect Stanford to keep the pace slow, and grind out another win over Cal. They are well-aware of the offensive problems Cal has. There is no need for them to do anything different than they did on Thursday. This total looks two or three points more than where I’d set it at. The UNDER looks like the correct play.

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Our Bet
UNDER 132
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of The Sports Geek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at The Sports Geek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, and the NHL. Prior to writing for The Sports Geek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily at The Sports Geek.