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College basketball point spread favors Golden Bears in battle with Buffaloes

Colorado BuffaloesCalifornia Golden Bears
21-9March 08, 2014, 06:30 | Haas Pavilion18-12

The California Golden Bears will try to cover the spread at Haas Pavilion on Saturday when they get a visit from the Colorado Buffaloes in NCAA basketball action.

The Golden Bears bring a 18-12 record (12-17 ATS) to this tilt against the 21-9 Buffaloes, who are 16-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed California go 13-16 so far and the Buffaloes go 16-13.

View Colorado Buffaloes vs California Golden Bears Odds and Stats.

The Golden Bears were listed as -4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Bears rated this week at No. 296 and the Buffaloes sitting at No. 225.

Colorado won its last outing, a 59-56 result against Stanford on March 5. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. Colorado earned a 59-56 victory over Stanford on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Josh Scott at Maples Pavilion.

California was a 63-59 loser in its last match at home against Utah. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. The Golden Bears got 19 points from Richard Solomon, but it was Utah that prevailed in a 63-59 final on Wednesday at Haas Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits California's No. 89-ranked offense, averaging 73.13 PPG, against a Buffaloes defense that ranks No. 114 at 68.97 PPG. The Golden Bears field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Buffaloes marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.18% per game.

A few Buffaloes at Golden Bears trends to consider:
Colorado is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Colorado's last 9 games
Colorado is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Colorado's last 21 games on the road
California is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of California's last 6 games
California is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home