The California Golden Bears breezed through their Pac-10 tournament opener on Thursday. They’ll try to keep that momentum going today when they collide with UCLA in the semifinals.
The No. 1 seeded Golden Bears had no trouble dispatching Oregon on Thursday. They smoked the Beavers 90-74 as an 11-point favorite at Bovada. Jerome Randle led Cal with 24 points and Patrick Christopher added 21 points in the rout.
The Bruins had a tougher matchup in their Thursday tourney game, but got past Arizona 75-69 as 1-point chalk. Reeves Nelson delivered a double-double in the win with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
UCLA may be the underdog tonight, but they can take some comfort in the fact they have beaten Cal this season. Back on January 6 the Bruins were a 14.5-point road underdog, but defeated the Golden Bears 76-75 in overtime. California did get revenge a month later with a 72-58 win at UCLA as a 3.5-point road favorite. Before that win Cal had lost six straight versus UCLA and in their last 12 against the Bruins they are 2-10 SU and 4-8 ATS.
Today’s other Pac-10 semi pits No. 3 seed Washington against No. 7 seed Stanford.
The Huskies put together a second-half comeback Thursday night to down Oregon State 59-52 as a 9-point favorite. Washington trailed by 12 points in the second half before storming back to clip the Ducks.
The Cardinal pulled off the only upset on Thursday by defeating No. 2 seed Arizona State 70-61 as a 7.5-point underdog. Jeremy Green led Stanford with 18 points and Landry Fields chipped in with 17 points in the upset.
During the regular season the Huskies faced the Cardinal twice and destroyed them in both matchups. On January 14 the Huskies clobbered the Cardinal 94-61 as a 9-point home favorite. Then on February 13 Washington traveled to Stanford and won 78-61 as 4-point chalk. Not good news for Stanford fans hoping for another upset.