College Basketball Predictions: Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona Wildcats

Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona Wildcats
Sunday, 3/2/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -11
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -11
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats are 4-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons
The Arizona Wildcats are 4-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons

Stanford had its three-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 76-64 setback to the Arizona State Sun Devils as two-point road underdogs last Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Cardinal have four of five starters averaging double figures, with junior guard Chasson Randle leading the way at 18.7 points a contest.  Stanford is 4-1 SUATS when revenging a home loss versus an opponent during the 2013-14 campaign, with the OVER going 5-0 in that situation.

The Cardinal are 29-56 SU all-time against the Wildcats, with 15 of the last 21 contests decided by 10 or fewer points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Randle has struggled during his career in this series—knocking down just 10 of 42 shots in three games.  The program is 3-1 SU against ranked opponents this season, while the squad has won seven of eight games following a loss this season.  The team’s starting lineup has accounted for 86.9 percent of its point production.

Arizona is 3-0 SUATS over its last three games, as it comes off a 87-59 victory over the California Golden Bears as 13-point home favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  The Wildcats are 37-7 SU in Pac-12 Conference home games under head coach Sean Miller, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Defensively, the team ranks sixth in the country in holding opponents to 38.1 percent shooting and fifth in scoring defense in limiting foes to 57.9 points per game.  Arizona is 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in 23 of their 28 games this season—ranking third nationally with a +9.2 margin on the glass.  Arizona has four players averaging double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 16.2 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinal due to the underdog being 22-7 ATS in the last 29 meetings in this series.

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