Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 1/27/13
Saturday’s free play winner on Nebraska was a prime example of how scheduling dynamics are such an important part of the handicapping process. This is particularly true in college basketball as the campaign wears on. Isolate potential flat or fatigue spots and you’re going to win more than you lose, it’s that simple. The schedule is the prime motivator on today’s comp selection.
01/27 12:30 PM CB (827) CALIFORNIA VS (828) COLORADO
Take: (828) COLORADO
California heads into the back end of the altitude trip with a win at Utah safely tucked away. I don’t see the Golden Bears completing the sweep. Colorado looks like they’ve righted the ship. The Buffs got out of synch following that ridiculous episode at Arizona and it sure looks like it stayed with them longer than it should have. But off two strong games, this team is looking as though they might be getting on a roll. Cal started the season winning six in a row. But ever since the blowout loss at Wisconsin, they simply have not been very good. The scheduling dynamics will also be working against the Bears here. I expect Colorado to win this fairly comfortably, so I’ll spot the number with the Buffs.