How To Bet the Cal vs Hawaii R64 March Madness Bout

Posted by Henry Watkins on March 17, 2016 in

Those of you who are not suffering too badly from a St. Patrick’s Day hangover will undoubtedly be ready for day 2 of the NCAAB Tournament on Friday. There may already be some busted brackets to go with the sore head, but at least you can get back in the action by placing some winning wagers at There are some very intriguing match-ups to look forward to on Friday, and the game between the California Golden Bears and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors is one that definitely catches the eye. The Golden Bears will almost certainly be coming into this one as the favorite, but Hawaii are a very good team that should not be overlooked. This may be a good match-up for California, as it is sometimes nice to have a bit of a challenge in the round of 64, as it tends to set you up nicely for what is still to come. Make sure to get your March Madness Odds wagers in before the opening tip.

How to Bet the California Vs Hawaii March Madness Odds, TV & Game Info

What: Hawaii Golden Warriors (27-5) at California Golden Bears (23-10)
When: Friday, March 18, 2016
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Spokane, Washington State
Stadium: Spokane Arena
Spread: California -6.5
Moneyline: California -286
Game Total: 141.5
Watch: TBS
Stream: TBS Sports
Radio: California

Why bet on the California Golden Bears

The Golden Bears (23-10, 12-6) are coming into the Tournament on a bit of a roll, even though they did go out in the semis of the Pac-12 playoffs. Prior to that loss, though, they had started conference play with a 4-5 record before finally righting the ship to win 8 of their final 9 games in the regular season. This is a team that is at its best when they get their team defense on track, and they are going to need that against a Hawaii team that has the ability to shoot the lights out. Then Bears are no slouches on offense either, though, and they have a number of different guys that can hurt you with their shooting. The Golden Bears are averaging 75.1 PPG, and are giving up 67.0 PPG.

Why bet on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (27-5, 13-5) enter the South Region as the #13 seed after winning the Big West regular season crown and the Conference Championship Game. This is the first time that Hawaii has been in the big dance since 2002, and much of the credit for that has to go to first year head coach Eran Ganot. He has this team playing at a very high level, especially on the offensive side of the ball, where they are particularly dangerous. They may very well want this game to turn into a shootout, as that is where Hawaii may feel that they have the best chance of winning. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 77.6 PPG, and are giving up 67.5 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that could very easily go the high-scoring route, but I think the Golden Bears will try to play a slower pace in order to stop that Hawaii offense. I expect a close one, and a California victory.

California Golden Bears 69 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 66