College Basketball Picks: BYU Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal

BYU Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal
Monday, 11/11/13, 11:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Stanford -5.5
Current Betting Line:  Stanford -5.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Alabama meets Wichita St for the NIT Championship in New York. Wichita St is a 2 point favorite.
The BYU Cougars are 4-11-1 ATS as underdogs since 2011-12

BYU is coming off an 81-72 victory over Weber State as 9.5-point home favorites last Friday, as it was led by junior guards Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws, who scored 22 and 28 points respectively.  The Cougars will be participating in the sixth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, which will celebrate the start of the season with 18 live games.    Coming into the season, head coach Dave Rose has led the program to eight-straight 20-win seasons, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  BYU is 3-13 SU and 4-11-1 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.

The Cougars will go as far as Haws will take them during the 2013-14 campaign, as he’s tallied 30 20-point games in his career in Provo, which is tied for 10th all-time in team history.  He averaged 27.8 points per game in leading the squad to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden last season.

Stanford is fresh off a 72-68 victory over Bucknell in its season opener last Friday, as it won the rebounding battle by a 38-29 margin.  The Cardinal had four players score in double figures, with junior guard Chasson Randle leading the charge, as he finished with 18 points.  The program is 2-4 SU all-time against BYU, but it did manage to pick up a 62-53 win in the most recent meeting in 2004, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks Monday night.  Stanford is 4-4 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (4-4 Over/Under).

The Cardinal received a major contribution from guard/forward Anthony Brown last time out, which wasn’t expect this early after missing all but four games last year due to a hip injury.  A 2011 Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team selection, Brown provides the team with added length and athleticism while also serving as a terrific perimeter defender.  Stanford was picked to finish sixth in the media poll this year, which is two spots lower than its projection of fourth the previous season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cougars due to their 4-1-1 ATS mark in their last six games versus winning teams.

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