Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Davidson Wildcats visit Haas Pavilion to take on the California Golden Bears. The game starts at 9:00 pm ET on Monday, Dec. 28 and will air on PAC.
The Golden Bears lost a tough one against Virginia 63-62 the last time they played. Jaylen Brown was the game’s high scorer, contributing 18 points. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are coming off an 81-77 win over Morehead State in their last outing. Jack Gibbs shot 13 for 18 and led in scoring with 41 points.
The Wildcats should minimize miscues in this matchup. They rank second in the nation at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.3%). Meanwhile, California forces the second-fewest mistakes in the nation, with just 13.8% of opponents’ possessions ending in a turnover.
California is a seven-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 155 points.
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The Golden Bears enter the game with records of 9-3 Straight Up (SU) and 5-7 Against The Spread (ATS). California has an edge in the rebounding department for this game, where it racks up an average of 41.8 rebounds per game.
Across the court, Davidson has a SU record of 8-2 and an ATS record of 2-7. The Wildcats rarely make costly errors handling the ball. They have the 20th-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country at 1.59.
This game marks the first time California and Davidson have played one another in recent seasons.
Predictions: SU Winner – Cal, ATS Winner – Cal, O/U – Over
Davidson is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Davidson’s last 6 games on the road.
California is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games.
California is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home.
The Davidson Wildcats average 83.9 points per game, ranking 28th in the nation. The California Golden Bears rank 62nd in points allowed with 65.2.
Ranked 56th, the California Golden Bears have an offensive rating of 112.8. The Davidson Wildcats rank 261st with a defensive rating of just 106.4.
Davidson beats California in both possessions per game and points per possession. The Wildcats average 73.6 possessions and 1.140 points per possession, while the Golden Bears average 67.7 possessions with 1.128 points per possession.
The California Golden Bears average an effective field goal percentage of 52.3% this season. The Davidson Wildcats have a solid 4-2 record in games where opponents have an eFG% of 52.3% or greater.
The California Golden Bears average 19.0 three point attempts per game, and the Davidson Wildcats attempt 28.0 per game. When going for at least 20 three pointers in a game this season, California is a perfect 7-0, while Davidson also has a winning record (8-2).
The Davidson Wildcats rank 20th with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.59, while the California Golden Bears rank outside the top 100 at 153rd with an A/TO of 1.09.
California, the 35th-ranked team in rebounding, register an average of 41.8 rebounds per game. Davidson does worse, ranked 226th with 36.0.
Davidson ranks 312th in offensive rebounds, while California ranks at 23rd in defensive rebounds.
On average, California forces a turnover rate of 13.8%. When Davidson turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a winning 3-1 record.
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