The 21st-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (21-7, 11-5 Pac-12) will be at Haas Pavilion to clash with the California Golden Bears (11-16, 5-9 Pac-12) in a Pac-12 matchup. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020, and will air on Pac-12 Network.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. California Golden Bears Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Golden Bears got blown out by the Washington Huskies, 87-52, while the Buffaloes were beaten by the UCLA Bruins, 70-63.
Colorado did a fantastic job of making free throws (8-10; 80.0 percent) while California did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (28-36; 77.8 percent). Matt Bradley played a pivotal role for California with 14 points. Meanwhile, Colorado received a boost from McKinley Wright IV, who recorded 20 points and seven rebounds.
In their first matchup this year, Tyler Bey led the Buffaloes to a 71-65 win. He registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Colorado’s rebounding was their biggest advantage. The Buffaloes had more offensive rebounds (10 vs. 2), defensive rebounds (22 vs. 21) and total rebounds (32 vs. 23).
California might struggle to score as they battle against one of the country’s best defenses. Colorado currently ranks 18th in defensive efficiency while the Golden Bears rank 317th in offensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Buffaloes rank 34th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.279), while the Golden Bears rank 308th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.280).
Colorado Buffaloes vs. California Golden Bears Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Colorado, ATS Winner – Colorado, O/U – Under
- California ranks 18th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Colorado ranks 202nd (7.4).
- The Buffaloes rank 186th in three pointers attempted per game (21.0) while the Golden Bears rank 317th (14.7).
- Colorado ranks 131st in blocks per game (3.1) while California ranks 139th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
- The Buffaloes rank 78th in rebounds per game (37.4) while the Golden Bears rank 260th (32.7).
- Colorado ranks 106th in assists per game (13.7) while California ranks 272nd (9.1).
- During their last five games, the Buffaloes have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (2.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (2.4 above their season average).
- The Golden Bears’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.4, up from 6.2 for the season.