Cal vs Stanford Preview and Prediction: Pac-12 1st Round
Cal vs Stanford Preview
California men’s basketball is set for a rare matchup with Bay Area rival Stanford at the Pac-12 Tournament when the No. 12 seed Golden Bears meet the No. 5 seed Cardinal in the first round Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. PT. All of this week’s action takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Bears and Cardinal have met just twice in the conference tournament, splitting those games 1-1. Cal is the series’ most recent victor, taking a 77-70 win in 2012. Stanford won the inaugural meeting, 77-61, in 1990.
The Cardinal split the regular-season series with the Golden Bears, but Stanford has won eight of the past 12 meetings.
Who to watch for Cal
Senior Marcus Lee led the Bears in the regular-season series with Stanford, averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. Justice Sueing averaged 16.5 points and Don Coleman averaged 16.0. All three finished the regular season averaging double-figure scoring totals alongside Darius McNeill‘s 11.1 ppg.
Stanford’s players success against Cal
|Players vs. California||Games||Minutes||Points||Rebounds|
|Robert Cartwright||6||82||24||8 (assists)|
|Daejon Davis||2||57||25||8 (assists)|
|Oscar da silva||2||35||9||5|
The last meeting between these schools
Daejon Davis scored 22 points before fouling out, Dorian Pickens made two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Stanford overcame a second half surge to beat California 77-73 in Berkeley on Feb. 18. The Cardinal led by eight late in the second half before California rallied to make it 67-all following Don Coleman’s free throw with 4:31 left. Stanford scored the next five points. It was just enough for Stanford. Davis shot 7 of 10 from the field, added five assists and seven rebounds. Pickens scored 17 points and Reid Travis added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Stanford is 0-4 in neutral site games this season.
LINE: -9.5 Stanford
The Cardinal are clearly the better team, but whenever these two California schools face-off it is usually a close affair. With the line close to stretching to double-digits, I would expect Stanford to win, but I would not lay the points.
Stanford 72 California 65
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