California at Oregon Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 18, 2017 in

The California Golden Bears continue their Pac-12 slate with a visit to #11 Oregon on Thursday night. Cal (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12) has won three straight since dropping an 81-71 decision at then-#4 UCLA. Their current streak includes a 74-73 win at then-#25 USC and most recently features a home sweep of Washington and Washington State. The Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) ride a 14-game winning streak into this contest, most recently routing in-state rival Oregon State, 85-43, on Saturday night. After you read about this game, click to see our NCAA basketball odds and picks for the week ahead.

California at Oregon Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
TV: ESPN2
Radio: California / Oregon
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAA Basketball Odds: Oregon -12.5

Why should you bet on the Golden Bears?

Even when nothing is going well for Cal, they still have the tools to pull out tough wins. Jabari Bird, who had led the way with 16 against Washington, went 0 for 6 from downtown in the Golden Bears’ win over Washington State, but it was that seventh attempt that went down in the last minute. Charlie Moore added two clutch free throws with 2.3 ticks left on the clock to seal a 58-54 win against one of the mediocre members of the Pac-12. Ivan Rabb contributed 14 points and 12 boards against Washington State — but his shooting night was iffy as well, as he went just 4 for 11 and missed three free throws in the last five minutes of the game. If they want to have a chance against Oregon, though, they need more consistency on offense and better perimeter defense. They went to a zone defense to shut down the outside against Washington State and may need to do the same thing against the Ducks.

Why should you put your money on the Ducks?

The 347th “Civil War” — as the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State, spanning nine sports, is called — was an underwhelming one. Payton Pritchard scored 17 points to pace the Ducks, and Oregon opened a 21-0 lead to start the game. They would lead 41-13 at halftime and would win by 42. Their 14th win in a row is their longest streak since 1947. They also have now won 36 in a row on their home floor. Dylan Ennis (16 points), Dillon Brooks (11) and Casey Benson (11) gave the Ducks offensive balance on a night when Oregon State had no answers. The Beavers have only won four games all year and are winless in Pac-12 play, so the Golden Bears will provide much stiffer resistance. However, Oregon showed dominance on this night, blocking four of the first nine shots that the Beavers attempted. If Cal comes out slow on Thursday, Oregon could make this another long night for the opposition.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the plucky courage of the Golden Bears, but the Ducks are playing on another level right now. I predict a final score of Oregon 80, Cal 68.