A pair of disappointing basketball teams from big conferences get a shot at earning a No. 12 seed Tuesday as South Florida battles Cal.
Cal blew its chance at a Pac-12 crown by losing to eventual champion Colorado while USF gagged against Notre Dame in the Big East tournament. Cal opened as small favorites, but face a team that has been tough as an underdog.
- Odds: California -2 (see latest Play-in game lines at OddsShark)
- South Florida (Big East): 20-13 SU, 16-14 ATS, 8-22 OU – game log
- California (Pac-12): 24-9 SU, 18-13 ATS, 12-18-1 OU – game log
The Bulls rank as one of the nation’s best defensive basketball teams and they are even better away from home. Not surprisingly, the under has been a profitable play when the Bulls are in action (9-1 past 10 games).
They are also a solid 10-4 ATS in their past 14 games as an underdog. Cal meanwhile has lost three of their past four games as a favorite.
The Golden Bears have superior numbers, albeit in a weaker conference, but still disappointed supporters with a 70-59 loss to No. 6-seeded Colorado in the Pac-12 semifinal.
The winner of this matchup will be the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region and will take on No. 5 Temple in second-round NCAA Tournament action. Check out our Matchup Report.
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