The So Cal Challenge will provide entertainment and sweats for those awake either super early on Tuesday or very late on Monday, the late game between the California Golden Bears and UTEP Minors is set to start at 9:30 PM Pacific on Monday, 12:30 AM Eastern on Tuesday.
California Golden Bears vs. UTEP Miners (-2, 137)
Coming off of early season losses to Pacific and Montana State, first year California coach Mark Madsen will look to get Fardaws Aimaq back to playing how he did two seasons ago as Utah Valley’s coach.
During the 2021-22 season, the 6-foot-11 Aimaq averaged 18.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game on 43.5% 3-point shooting.
Winning the battle inside will go a long way against a UTEP team that against Division I opponents this season are shooting 28.6% from 3-point range after ranking 356th out of 363 Division I teams in 3-point shooting percentage a season ago.
While UTEP’s guards have a difficult time making 3-point shots, they have done a good job of creating turnovers, ranking 30th entering into Sunday in steals per defensive play against Division I competition.
Entering Sunday, California was 134th in the nation in turnovers per offensive play, a number that should improve as the amount of time Jaylon Tyson can spend with his teammates increases.
Tyson was denied a waiver to play at the beginning of the season due to California being the second school he transferred to, but he was granted eligibility after the beginning of the season and in the three games he had played, is averaging 20 points, 10.3 rebounds, four assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
With this being a game that at the earliest will start at 11:30 PM local time for. UTEP coupled with the added production California is getting from Tyson, the Golden Bears will win the late night/early AM special.
The Play: California +150 Moneyline