Submitted by Andrew Lange
Tags: College Basketball California Golden Bears Andrew Lange
California continues to dominate opponents on its home court with current marks of 8-0 SU, 5-1 ATS and 1-5 O/U. What the Golden Bears have done defensively is pretty remarkable considering last year’s team ranked dead last in defensive efficiency (1.09 points per possession allowed) during PAC-10 play. The competition thus far as been somewhat suspect but the fact that no team has topped 60 points or shot over 45% at Haas Pavilion speaks to the extra emphasis head coach Mike Montgomery has placed on defending with a purpose this year. Tonight, Cal gets perhaps its toughest test against a seasoned UC Santa Barbara squad. The Gauchos lost in overtime to San Diego State and UNLV and were up by three at half at Washington only to lose by seven. Note that Cal’s defense seems to be at its best in the first half. In its eight home games, the first half produced over 60 points just once with an average of 56.8. Amazingly, those eight teams scored the following: 23, 19, 13, 22, 26, 15, 19, and 18. In the second – when Cal often has a large lead – is where we see things start to open up with five of the eight hitting 74 points or more and an average of 72.5.
|California Home Defense as of 12/19/11|
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