With the 2015-16 NCAA Basketball season heading towards March Madness tonight we have an interesting match-up between 2 Pac 12 rivals with the 20-4 No. 11 Oregon Ducks (9-2 Conference) playing at the 15-8 California Golden Bears (5-5 Conference) tonight the 11th of Feb. 2016, with the game being played at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California with the tip-off scheduled for 9 PM ET and seen on ESPN2 TV.
The No. 11 Oregon Ducks just 3 weeks past had a close 3 point win over the Golden Bears at the Ducks home at M. Knight Arena, and now the Bears are hosting the Ducks and seeking revenge tonight.
Fans of the Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 9-2) you know that there D. Brooks could become an outstanding player if he continues his pattern of improving in each game, as he enters this game coming off his best performance this season scoring 30 points against Utah76-66, as he made 12 of his 22 attempts and added 9 assists in that game this past Sunday the 7th of Feb. 2016, and with that win they became stronger as the Pac-12 No. 1 team to date. That happened to be his best game to date.
It’s expected that the Ducks will look to Brook again to lead their attack against the Bears since he to date his completing 52.3% of his attempts, but yes in their 1st game against the Bears, Brooks did struggle. They will also look to E. Cook and T. Dorsey as both are averaging some near 13 points each, and Cook in his ultimate 7 outings has averaged at least 12 points or more per game to date.
Defensively the Oregon Ducks will look at their defender C. Boucher who defends their rims and is a top rebounder with 7.9 rebounds each game and a best in the NCAA with 3.5 block each game. Also, on offense he’s held his own average sine 12.8 points per game. The Ducks in their ultimate 10 games on the road are with 5 wins and 5 losses straight up!
The California Golden Bears (Pac-12 5-5) come into this game tonight after 2 straight losses on the road to Colorado and Utah and they want their fans to know they are a much better team by far at home, and will seek to achieve that tonight. Yes your Bears are 14-0 at home, and they stopped their losing streak on Saturday by defeating the Cardinals of Stanford 76-61.
The stars for the Bears in that last game against the Cardinals were J. Brown and J. Bird who together had some 29 points, while K. Rooks and his double-double stole the show. Rooks last season as a freshman he was out with a knee injury, but in that game he had 12 rebounds and scored 11 points, and fans will be interested in seeing if he can continue his performance, going up against the stiff defense of the Oregon Ducks who are only allowing opponents some 67.6 points each game.
Also the Bears will look for Brown and Matthews to get in their grooves and help the team since Brown has averaged some 158 points and 5.5 rebounds each game and with a 45.9% completion rate from the field, while Matthews finished their game with Arizona with 28 points in their upset win 74-73 and against Stanford he scored 18 points. The Bears in their last 10 home games are 6 and 4 against the spread.
The sportsbook prediction for this game is that the Oregon Ducks upset the California Golden Bears 76-73 and give the Bears their 1st home loss this 2015-16 seasons.