College Basketball Betting Preview: California Bears vs. Oregon Ducks – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

The Oregon Ducks will host the California Golden Bears on New Years Eve in a Pac-12 conference matchup. Oregon enters the game with a 6-1 (1-0) record on the season while Cal is 5-4 (0-2) on the season. The Ducks have won six straight games since dropping their season opener to Missouri while California has won its last three games, all of which were at home.

Oregon enters the game as a 13.5-point favorite with the total being set at 134 points. The game tips from Matthew Knight Arena at 10:00 pm EST.

Potential statement game for Cal

During their current three game winning streak, the Golden Bears were able to hang a somewhat impressive pelt on their wall in the form of San Francisco. Junior guard Matt Bradley has played well or the Bears on offense this season but has not really shot the ball well from deep. After shooting 47% from behind the arc during his freshman season he shot 38% last season and is off to a slow start this year at just 27.8%. If Cal is going to surprise anyone this season he needs to be more efficient.

In fact, as a whole this Cal team simply needs to shoot better. The Golden Bears rank 204th in the nation in three-point shooting, 225th in free throw shooting, and 154th in adjusted offensive efficiency. There is some talent on this roster but head coach Mark Fox needs to find a way to get them better shots.

Cal is 1-4 straight up this season as the dog and 3-5 against the spread overall. The total has gone under in two of their three games on the road this season.

Ducks look to continue treading water

While Oregon’s record of 6-1 looks like a nice start to the season, the best team that Dana Altman’s team has defeated is Seton Hall. Not bad but also not great. After the NYE game against California, the Ducks play five consecutive games against Kenpom top-60 teams. That is when we will find out what this team is made of. Until then, Oregon has to avoid bad losses.

The Ducks are led by a pair of seniors in Eugene Omoruyi and Chris Duarte. Omoruyi, a graduate transfer from Rutgers, is averaging 18 points and five rebounds per game while Duarte is averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. Both wings measure 6’6 and both shoot at least 37% from behind the three-point line on the season.

The Ducks have been favored in every game this season and are a perfect 4-0 at home. They are just 4-3 against the spread on the season but 3-1 ATS at home. The total has gone under in three of their four games.

Cal at Oregon (-13.5) Total: 134 points

Bovada has Oregon as 13.5-point home favorites with the total set at 134 points. The Ducks are -1400 on the moneyline while California is +750.

The Pick

Oregon is the easy pick here. The Ducks haven’t played a great schedule thus far but they are 25th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency and have held opponents to just 29% from behind the arc. California is already a bad shooting team, don’t expect them to get right in Eugene. Take the over.

Spooky Express Free Play: Over 134

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