Stanford at Kansas NCAA Basketball Odds & Game Preview.

Stanford at Kansas NCAA Basketball Odds & Game Preview

Written by on November 30, 2018

The Stanford Cardinal haven’t had much luck against the better teams on their schedule yet this season, and the toughest test of the year arrives Saturday evening when the Cardinal play their marquee non-conference game by visiting No. 2 Kansas. The Jayhawks will be double-digit NCAAB odds favorites.

How to Bet Stanford at Kansas NCAA Basketball Odds & Game Info

  • When: Saturday, 5:30 PM ET
  • Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • NCAA Basketball Odds: TBA

Series History

This is the third game of a four-year series. The original agreement was for two years, starting in 2016, but with Stanford’s appointment of Jerod Haase, a former standout at Kansas from 1994-97, as the Cardinal’s head coach in 2016, the two programs agreed on an extended series that includes games this year and next. In 2019, they play at Stanford.

Haase’s 1,264 points rank 33rd on the KU all-time scoring list and he also ranks on the Kansas career lists in 3-point field goals made (14th at 156), 3-pointers attempted (ninth at 461), assists (19th at 343) and steals (12th at 174). Kansas leads the series with Stanford, 10-3, including last season’s 75-54 win on Dec. 22, 2017, in Sacramento. This series dates back to 1932.

Why Bet on Stanford?

The Cardinal already have lost to North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Florida but come off a 79-67 win over Portland State on Wednesday. Oscar da Silva scored 12 points, Bryce Wills added 10 and six others scored at least seven points. Josh Sharma had a career-high seven rebounds for the Cardinal (4-3).

Eleven of Stanford’s 15 players are in their first or second year playing. Only senior Sharma and juniors Marcus Sheffield, Trevor Stanback, and Rodney Herenton entered the year with at least two seasons played. Through seven games, first and second-year players have accounted for 79.6 percent of Stanford’s scoring and 83.9 percent of Stanford’s rebounding.

Sophomore KZ Okpala is averaging a team-best 16.3 ppg in 31.6 mpg. He averaged 12.0 ppg in 30.5 mpg in his first seven games last season. The forward, who had a career-best 29 points in the season opener against Seattle, is eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring. He was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

Sophomore Daejon Davis, who broke Brevin Knight’s school freshman assist record with 160 last season, has started all 39 career games he has played in. The point guard is averaging 8.2 ppg this year, with nine steals in six games. He ranks eighth in the Pac-12 in steals (1.5 SPG. Freshman Cormac Ryan ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals, averaging 2.3 per game. The freshman has recorded at least four three-point field goals in a game in three of Stanford’s games. Ryan’s 16-point performance in his collegiate debut against Seattle was the third most by a true freshman in his debut in the program’s 104-year history.

Offense
  • Total Score: 68.71
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.34
  • Three-Point Percentage: 30.08
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.28
  • Total Rebounds: 36.29
Defense 
  • Total Score: 68.29
  • Field Goal Percentage: 41.14
  • Three-Point Percentage: 24.04
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.91
  • Total Rebounds: 38.43

Why Bet on Kansas?

KU (5-0) hasn’t played since a thrilling 87-81 OT win over No. 5 Tennessee on Nov. 23 in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Junior transfer Dedric Lawson tallied 24 points and collected 13 rebounds en route to claiming tournament MVP honors. Lagerald Vick, who added 15 points, was also named to the all-tournament team as the Jayhawks claimed their fourth NIT title. Lawson has three double-doubles this season and 39 for his career. He is tied for fourth on the NCAA active double-double career list.

With Tennessee building a nine-point lead (45-36) with 16:06 left in regulation, Kansas has now trailed by eight or more points in each of its last four games. KU went on to win each by six or more points. KU also set season highs in free throws made (22) and free throws attempted (34).

Stanford at Kansas should be an easy victory for the Jayhawks.

The victory gave the Jayhawks their 13th-straight regular-season victory over a top-10 ranked team. KU’s win moved its record to 15-3 against AP top-10 teams since the 2015-16 season. The win gave KU its third-straight win in an overtime game and pushed its record to 7-2 in its last nine overtime games. KU is now 21-9 in games that go to overtime under Bill Self.

Kansas is looking to go 6-0 for the second-straight year and sixth time in Self’s 16 seasons at KU. The Jayhawks concluded the month of November without a loss (5-0). It marked the 12th time overall and the fifth time since 2007 that a KU squad has entered December perfect with four or more games played.

Through five games, Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense at 85.8 and 3-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent, which ranks in the top-10 in the NCAA. KU averages 41.2 rebounds per game with a +7.0 rebound margin. KU also has a +9.8 scoring margin and makes 8.0 3-pointers per game.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 85.80
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.89
  • Three-Point Percentage: 43.96
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.78
  • Total Rebounds: 41.20
Defense 
  • Total Score: 76.00
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.17
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.76
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.09
  • Total Rebounds: 34.20

Expert Prediction fo rStanford at Kansas

Kansas wins easily.
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