Stanford vs Arizona State (6:00pm)
I believe the Stanford Cardinals are currently underrated and undervalued in this matchup by approximately 1-2 points. In the previous clash between these teams, Arizona State showcased resilience by overcoming a ten-point deficit with just over 2 minutes remaining to clinch victory against Stanford. Although Stanford should ideally hold a better record this season, they have shown a tendency to falter in maintaining intensity throughout games, frequently squandering leads late in the match. Anticipate a more determined performance from the Cardinals tonight as they aim to upset against the Sun Devils at Desert Financial Arena.
The Cardinal (10-9, 5-4 Pac-12) recently endured a narrow 73-71 loss on the road against the California Golden Bears. Stanford's challenge in securing victory was compounded by the absence of their key player, who missed two crucial layups. Notably, Stanford boasts a potent 3-point shooting ability, with the team collectively shooting over 39% from beyond the arc. Players like Brandon Angel, Kanaan Carlyle, Spencer Jones, and Michael Jones all shoot above 40% from long range, posing a significant threat to Arizona State, especially given their tendency to allow 23.2 attempts from deep per game.
Conversely, the Sun Devils struggle on offense, evident in their -43 scoring differential, falling short by 2.2 points per game. They average 69.4 points per game, ranking 293rd in college basketball, while conceding 71.6 points per contest, placing them at 174th in college basketball. Their reliance on driving to the rim and drawing fouls might not be as effective against Stanford, known for their disciplined defense and lower foul rate. Moreover, their subpar 65.5% free throw shooting accuracy doesn't guarantee them easy points.
Despite the public favoring Arizona State, particularly given their strong home record, it's doubtful they'll generate enough offense to secure a victory. Stanford boasts five double-digit scorers capable of igniting the scoreboard on any given day. Expecting to avenge their previous loss, Stanford is poised to win this closely contested game by 2-3 points. It's worth noting that the Sun Devils are 19-39-1 in their last 59 games when listed as favorites.
Pick: Stanford PK (-110)
🍀Best of luck!