Arizona Wildcats (11-4) vs Stanford Cardinal (7-7)Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 11:00 PM
Location : Stanford Maples Pavilion
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal
The Stanford Cardinal will return home to the Stanford Maples Pavilion after playing 2 consecutive road games and they will take on the Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-12 matchup, the opening tipoff is slated for 11:00 PM. Arizona looks like one of the top teams in a weak conference while Stanford is still rebuilding their program which has shown in the early going of the 2018-2019 season.
Arizona Wildcats's Latest Performance :
The Arizona Wildcats have been the face of the Pac-12 for the decade or so and although they are having a down year this season they still look like they have a chance to win the conference and attend their 7th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Arizona lost a ton of talent to the NBA draft last season but they still have the most talent in arguably one of the weaker conferences in college basketball. The Wildcats were able to move to 2-0 in Pac-12 play after they won in OT against the Utah Utes this past weekend 84-81. Junior forward Chase Jeter was able to have a huge performance in this game as he was able to record a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Jeter is one of the better forwards in the nation as he averages 13 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Joining Jeter in the 20+ point department was sophomore guard Brandon Randolph as he was able to drop 21 points which is slightly above his season average of 16.5 PPG. One of the few freshmen who has produced for the Wildcats this season has been Brandon Williams and he was able to reach double figures in the win as he dropped 11 points which is right around his season average of 11.2 PPG. The bench was able to step up for Sean Miller and company as junior guard Dylan Smith was able to drop 11 points and grab 4 rebounds while senior Ryan Luther dropped 8 points.
Stanford Cardinal's Latest Performance :
Stanford has not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2013-2014 season but things aren’t looking much better for the Cardinal especially after they have started the year 0-2 in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal started off conference play with a loss against UCLA and most recently the USC Trojans 77-66. Despite the bad season for the Cardinal, freshmen guard Cormac Ryan has come on nicely for Jerod Haase and company. Ryan was able to have a big outing against the Trojans as he dropped a team-high 18 points which his way above his season average of 11.3 PPG. The young production didn’t stop at Ryan either as sophomore guard Daejon Davis had a big outing against the Trojans as he fell just shy of a double-double with 14 points and 9 assists. Davis was a part of the 14th ranked 2017 signing class that included one of the most important pieces to the Cardinal’s success in sophomore forward Kezie Okpala. Okpala was unable to impact the game as much as we would expect but he still had a solid outing as he was able to record 12 points and 8 rebounds, Okpala is the team leader in a few categories as he averages 16.9 PPG and 6.5 RPG. The Cardinal may not be a contender in the Pac-12 at this moment but if the starting lineup sticks around for 2 more seasons they could land themselves in the NCAA Tournament.
How Arizona Wildcats & Stanford Cardinal Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Arizona is 7-7-1 ATS, 1-0-1 ATS on the road.
Stanford is 7-6-1 ATS, 3-2 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Arizona ranks 176th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 74 PPG while Stanford ranks 219th as they score an average of 72.5 PPG.
Arizona ranks 58th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 65.9 PPG while Stanford ranks 236th as they hold opponents to an average of 73.7 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
This isn’t the old Arizona Wildcats by any means but after showing no promise in their non-conference schedule they have started to look like the best team in the weak Pac-12 while Stanford is the complete opposite. Stanford has the prized recruits who can make some noise for this team over the next few years but Arizona has that as well and they have continued to play well as a team. Chase Jeter was one of the top recruits for Sean Miller a few years back and he has been playing well this season as he is scoring as well as grabbing rebounds at a high rate. Arizona has been solid on the defensive end of the court this season while Stanford has been awful on offense and we will see that play a role in this one. Arizona wins on the road.
Betting trends for Arizona Wildcats:
- Arizona is 46-36-3 ATS in Pac-12 matchups since 2014.
Betting trends for Stanford Cardinal:
- Stanford is 2-4-1 ATS as an underdog this season.