The Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bear will play the second of a home / away double game on Sunday. The Cardinal won the first meeting on the road, edging the Golden Bears by a margin of 15 points. California will be hungry for old people college basketball revenge as they prepare for their 2nd meeting with Stanford in four days.
Fixation: California Golden Bears vs Stanford Cardinal – NCAA Men’s Basketball
Date and hour: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 10 p.m. ET
Location: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California
Preview of the California Golden Bears
The California Golden Bears have had very little to do this season, entering Sunday’s game with a 7-13 overall record. The Golden Bears have struggled hard against opponents in the conference, currently on a 5-game losing streak in PAC-12.
The Stanford Cardinal widely passed the Golden Bears in their previous game, only allowing California to score 55 points the entire game. The bears will have to make quick adjustments if they are to stand a chance Sunday night.
Key player – Matt Bradley
After missing 20 days with injury, Matt Bradley is back on the pitch and back on top of the standings for the California offense. The junior guard has exploded for three straight games by 20 points or more, taking his season average to 18.6 points per game.
In the last meeting of these teams, Bradley had 24 points, the team’s top, with a ridiculous 74% three-point percentage. Sadly, that eruption wouldn’t be enough for the Golden Bears to win. Matt Bradley will be hoping to keep his offensive production high and keep his team in the game on Sunday.
Scheduled lineup for the California Golden Bears
F Grant Anticevitch, F André Kelly, g Item foreman, g Ryan Betley, g Matt Bradley
Stanford Cardinal preview
The Stanford Cardinals fought to stay in the middle of the race for the PAC-12. With their latest win, the Cardinal improved to 7-5 in conference and 11-7 overall.
Stanford ranks three games behind the top spot in the PAC-12 standings, but a win on Sunday would drop them from 5th to 3rd place. After their total dominance of California on Saturday, the Cardinal should feel very confident about this next game on his home ground.
Key player – Oscar da Silva
Stanford Cardinal’s big man Oscar da Silva has been their most consistent source of offensive production this season. Average of 19.2 points per game, a career-high, the German senior has caused a sensation on the PAC-12 so far.
Oscar da Silva finished with a double-double in these teams’ first meeting, totaling 24 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. The 6’9 “forward will need to own the paint again on Sunday to help the Stanford Cardinal in a streak sweep for the California Golden Bears.
Stanford Cardinal’s Predicted Programming
F Spencer Jones, F Lukas Kisunas, F Jaiden Delaire, F Oscar da Silva, g Michael o’connell
Prediction Cal vs Stanford
The California Golden Bears have been a much more dangerous team since Matt Bradley returned to their roster, but they still can’t put it all together. The Stanford Cardinal beat the California Golden Bears by almost 20% in their last meeting and should feel very confident as they prepare for Sunday. The Stanford Cardinal will carry a huge advantage in this game and is expected to walk away with their 12th win of the season.
Where to watch Cal vs Stanford
The game will be broadcast live on Fox sports one.
Posted on Feb 06, 2021 06:31 AM IST