College Basketball Picks: Arizona Wildcats vs. Stanford Cardinal

Arizona Wildcats vs. Stanford Cardinal
Wednesday, 1/29/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -5
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats have won their last 7 games against the Stanford Cardinal
The Arizona Wildcats have won their last 7 games against the Stanford Cardinal

Arizona is off to its best start in Pac-12 Conference play in more than a decade, as it hits the road after picking up a 65-56 victory over the Utah Utes as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Wildcats are balanced offensively—having at least four double-figure scorers in 14 of their 20 games during the 2013-14 campaign.  Each of the team’s top four frontcourt players are averaging at least 2.0 offensive rebounds per game, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Arizona is 2-1 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in 18 of 20 games this season—resulting in a +10.1 advantage in that all-important statistical category.  Arizona has three players averaging double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 16.7 points a contest.  The program has won its last seven games in this series, including all six under current head coach Sean Miller.

Stanford is 4-1 SUATS over its last five games, as it returns home after picking up a 79-71 overtime victory over the USC Trojans as 6.5-point road favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total in three consecutive contests.  The Cardinal have four of their five probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Chasson Randle leading the way at 19.2 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball betting picks.  Stanford is 8-16 SU and 11-12 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.

The Cardinal are 4-25 SU all-time against No. 1 teams, including a 4-7 mark over the last four decades.  Stanford has already notched two victories over top-25 squads and will be looking for a third such win for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.  Offensively, the team has reached the 70-point plateau in 14 games this year—shooting 50 percent on nine occasions.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinal due to the underdog being 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings in this series.

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