WASHINGTON HUSKIES (9-5)
at CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (9-5)
Haas Pavilion – Berkeley, CA
Tip-off: Wednesday, 11:00 p.m. ET
Line: California -6.5, Total: 143.5
In the hopes of avoiding a 1-2 start in the Pac-12, California will host Washington on Wednesday night.
For better or for worse, this year’s Golden Bears squad is a one-man show. Allen Crabbe (21.4 PPG) does nearly everything for the offense, as he and Justin Cobbs (15.6 PPG) play nearly every minute of every game. The Huskies provide a more balanced attack with four double-digit scorers, but don’t have the same dominant scorer.
Can the Bears win comfortably over their Pac-12 foe on Wednesday night? For the answer, connect to College Basketball Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The StatFox experts are a collective 52.1% ATS (200-184-8) in college basketball Best Bets for the season, led by StatFox Gary, who sits at 59.3% ATS (48-33) for the season, while Dave is at 53.3% ATS (73-64-3) on the year. StatFox Scott is an even 50% ATS after going 2-0 ATS since Monday.
With 18.4 PPG, C.J. Wilcox paces the Washington attack and is a workhorse, playing a tasking 35.2 MPG. At 6-foot-5, Wilcox has good size for a guard and is making 2.6 threes per game this year, making him difficult to guard. Scott Suggs (13.5 PPG, 43% 3-pt FG) joins him in the backcourt and is also tall for the position at 6-foot-6. Abdul Gaddy (12.6 PPG, 3.8 APG) runs the offense for the Huskies and needs to take care of the ball better, turning it over 3.4 times per game. The most unheralded weapon for Washington though, may be 7-foot senior center Aziz N’Diaye (11.1 PPG, 9.2 RPG) who is making 62.6% FG and has the potential to be a defensive beast.
Crabbe’s scoring has seen a major uptick this season, jumping 6.2 PPG even though he is making 0.7 fewer three-pointers per game. He has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games and is coming off a 27-point performance in which he hit 9-of-12 FG in a win at USC. Cobbs hasn’t been as hot lately and is averaging just 11.0 PPG so far in conference play, hitting 8-of-25 (32%) field goals thus far. Beyond these two backcourt dynamos, the Golden Bears rank 30th in the nation in rebounding (40.2 RPG), led by F David Kravish (7.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG) and C Richard Solomon (8.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG).