NCAA Basketball Picks: Stanford Cardinal vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Stanford Cardinal at Colorado Buffaloes
Thursday, 1/23/12, 10:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Colorado -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Colorado -4.5
Opening Total:  131.5
Current Total:  131.5
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The Stanford Cardinal are 9-3 all-time against the Colorado Buffaloes
The Stanford Cardinal are 9-3 all-time against the Colorado Buffaloes

Stanford has alternated wins and losses in its last four games, as it comes off an impressive 69-59 victory over the California Golden Bears as six-point home favorites, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive contest.  The Cardinal will now play four of their next six games away from Maples Pavilion, as it looks to cover its first road game of the year, going 0-4 ATS in that situation.  Stanford is also just 1-3 ATS as an underdog, something to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread Thursday night.

The Cardinal hold a 9-3 advantage in this series and have won the last five in a row, including a sweep of last year’s regular-season series.  Stanford’s backcourt duo of Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle gashed Colorado’s defense in two games last year, with the duo combining to average 30.5 points per game.  Offensively, the team scored 158 combined points in the two meetings last year, as it shot 50.9 percent from the field.

Colorado hasn’t won back-to-back games since a three-game win streak from Dec. 12-29, as it comes off a 58-49 victory over the Washington State Cougars as three-point road underdogs last time out.  The Buffaloes are 39-5 at home the last two-plus seasons, including a 7-1 mark during the 2012-13 college basketball campaign, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page.  It’s still important to note that the team’s 13-6 record after 19 games matches last season’s mark at this point.  Colorado is 5-3 ATS as a favorite this year.

The Buffaloes have really struggled from beyond the arc over their last five games, averaging just 2.6 3-point makes per game in that span.  Colorado has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way, scoring 14.6 points per game.  He joins fellow sophomore Askia Booker to form one of the best backcourts in the country.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinal due to their 15-6 ATS mark on the road following three or more consecutive home games, while the Buffaloes are 1-4 ATS in their last five Pac-12 Conference affairs.

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