The 18th-ranked Arizona Wildcats may not be playing their best basketball by going 1-2 over their last three games, but they’re the pick to extend their mastery over the mediocre Stanford Cardinal when the two rivals square off in their Pac-12 College basketball odds pairing on Saturday. Now, let’s find out why.
How to Bet the Stanford vs. No. 18 Arizona NCAAB Odds & TV Info
Why Bet the Stanford Cardinal
The Cardinal (15-13 SU, 11-14 ATS) look like a solid wager because they’re likely going to be a double-digit underdog. Stanford had its modest two-game winning streak snapped in their humbling 74-64 loss against Arizona State while failing to cover the spread as a 3-point road favorite.
Sophomore guard Dorian Pickens scored 19 points off the bench for Stanford while fellow sophomore forward Michael Humphrey added 15 points and senior forward Rosco Allen, 14 points and nine rebounds. However, the Cardinals couldn’t overcome a 13-point second half deficit after pulling within eight points with just under two minutes remaining in regulation.
The Cardinal are just 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games against their Pac-12 rivals and average 69.9 points per game while limiting the opposition to just 68.8 points per contest defensively.
Why Bet the Arizona Wildcats
The Wildcats (23-7 SU, 15-15 ATS) are a great bet in this contest because they’re superior on both sides of the ball and playing at home. Arizona is coming off a 64-61 win over incendiary Cal on Thursday night despite failing to cover the spread as a 7-point home favorite.
Wildcats guard Gabe York scored all 19 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 17.9 seconds left in regulation to lift 18th-ranked Arizona to victory. York nailed a 26-footer from the right wing to give Arizona a 62-61 lead they would never relinquish. “I don’t have any conscience of where I’m at on the court,” York said. “And don’t get me wrong, coach (Sean) Miller has definitely yelled at me for being too far out. …”I just see the basket, and if I’m open, I get a shot up. I was open, and I just tried to get a little more separation.”
Arizona forward Ryan Anderson scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season, and center Kaleb Tarczewski had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and average a stellar 80.5 points per game while limiting the opposition to just 68.1 points per contest defensively.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Arizona has won each of the last 10 meetings against Stanford and will do so again in this contest while covering the spread as a double-digit home favorite. The Wildcats beat the Cardinal 71-57 on January 21 to easily cash in as a 5.5-point road favorite and I can see a similar outcome taking place in this contest.
The Road team in this series is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, but the favorite is a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings while Stanford has gone 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings. Arizona wins by at least 10!
My final score prediction: Arizona 80 Stanford 68