Washington Huskies AT Stanford Cardinal
January 13th, 20111 at 10:00 PM EST
Opening Line: Washington -8
Current Line: Washington -7
Opening Total: 141
Current Total: 142
Opening Moneyline: Washington -300 / Stanford +250
Current Moneyline: Washington -310 / Stanford +250
Washington enters tonight’s game ranked 17th in the nation and they sport a perfect 4-0 conference record in the Pacific-10 conference. Despite the feel good nature of that, there is currently an investigation in regards to one of their atheletes, but coach Lorenzo Romar is keeping mum on the topic for the most part.
“It’s something that is ongoing and hopefully you talk with your team and you have a relationship with your team enough when something happens you’re prepared somewhat to deal with it. We haven’t covered everything. There are some situations that arise in sports and family situations that you just hadn’t happened to you before, for the first time and you have to deal with that,” Romar said.
Aside from the scandal, tonight’s game between Stanford won’t be an easy one. Stanford has gone 7-0 at home and has limited opponents to only 53.7 points. That puts the total in question if they play such stellar defense. Can they slow down the Huskies?
Some betting trends:
Washington is 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. They are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games on the road and 2-4 SU in their last 6 on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 5 on the road and they are 2-14 SU In their last 16 road games against Stanford.
Stanford is 6-3 SU In their last 9 games and 4-1 SU in their last 5 home games. They are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 against the Huskies and 1-4 ATS at home against them.
Washington is led by 5’9″ junior point guard Isaiah Thomas who is averaging 16 points per game and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 36.4% from downtown. He has scored in double figures in all but one Husky game and has scored 20 or more 3 times already. In the blowout victory over Oregon State he shot 4 of 9 from three but actually 1 of 4 on his two point shots, so Stanford will be wise to run him off the line and make him rely on his mid-range game. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is a force down low for the Huskies. The 6’9″ senior is second on the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game and also averages 7.5 rebounds per game and over a block per night. He’ll patrol the paint and try to keep the Cardinals from getting too many easy looks around the basket.
Stanford is led by 6’4″ junior guard Jeremy Green, who is putting up 15.9 points per game and shooting a blistering 43.2% from three. The last two games, however, against Arizona and Arizona State he has shot a combined 2 of 10, so he will have to remedy his stroke for Stanford to pull off the upset tonight.
Given their outstanding track record at home, Stanford is a good bet to cover the spread, especially give the fact that the Huskies ar e 2-3-1 ATS to begin with.