The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Wednesday night. The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN.
Free College Hoops Picks: Stanford Cardinal @ California Golden Bears
Date: Wednesday, March 6th, 11:00 ET
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Stanford vs. California Live TV: ESPN2
The Golden Bears and the Cardinal are both bubble battlers in the Pac-12, but one of these teams is in significantly better shape than the other. Stanford has two wins in its last six games, and it has failed every step of the way to get that big time win that would push it over the top. Cal meanwhile, has seven wins in a row, four of which have come against teams that either are certainly in the NCAA Tournament or likely will be in when push comes to shove. What’s really making the difference for the Golden Bears is their defense, and that’s what we are going to highlight in this one. They have held three of their last four foes to exactly 46 points, and no one has reached higher than 68 against them in 10 straight games. Even teams with great offenses like UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon have been held down in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and there is no reason to think that Stanford is going to even get into the 60s in this one. If that turns out to be the case, we have to back the ‘under’. Asking these two rivals to get to 135 points is a heck of a challenge, especially knowing that the first clash of this year only made it to 128.
Stanford vs. California Pick: Under 134.5
Stanford vs. California Prediction: California 67 – Stanford 58