Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Also took Arizona St -6.5 - 1 unit. You figure that Josh Christopher is only hanging around college basketball for the next few months, so this is a really important game for the likely NBA lottery pick. The 6-foot-5 18-year-old guard will likely only get one crack in Berkeley against the school where he once worked as a ball boy idolizing his older brother Patrick. The Sun Devils only played Cal once last season, winning 80-75 on the road despite Matt Bradley’s 22 points. In Bradley, the Bears have an All-Pac-12 Second-Teamer from a year ago who is averaging 19.3 points and 5.7 rebounds through his first three games, so what sets up as a terrific duel between shooting guards is likely to come down to Christopher getting more help than Bradley. The Bears lost to Oregon State in a game that didn’t count toward the conference standings and come off a win over Nicholls State, but they haven’t been tested the way ASU has. The Sun Devils defeated Rhode Island and lost to Villanova at the Mohegan Sun last week before hanging 100 on Houston Baptist in a game head coach Bobby Hurley was disappointed in how they closed. Look for Hurley to get the better of Mark Fox at Cal for a second time this calendar year. Even with Alonzo Verge Jr. potentially out due to COVID-19 contact tracing, there’s enough on board to deliver a win. We have been watching this Drake team from the start and won big opening weekend with them as an underdog against Kansas State. Look for them win by more than 10 points.