Stanford Vs. Oregon Hoops Preview
College Basketball Betting – Cardinal Aim To Remain Unbeaten In Pac-12 Play Against Ducks
NCAA football fans may be more used to watching these two schools go at it on the football field, but on Thursday, Stanford heads to Oregon for a hoops contest as they look to stretch their record to 3-0 in the Pac-12.
Stanford Oregon Odds – Thursday, 9:00 PM ET
The Cardinal (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12) came out on top in a tight 51-43 game against USC at home on New Year’s Eve, as they shot 40.9% from the field, but held the Trojans to 34.8% and a few Wagerweb reviews may have said that this game wasn’t pretty to watch. Aaron Bright netted 16 points, while Josh Owens was next with 12 points and nine boards for the Cardinal, who aren’t being thought of by players that purchase bookie software in terms of the conference championship, but they’ve gotten off to a great start to the season, losing only on the road at Syracuse and at home against Butler. They have a big chance to show that they’ll be a threat as they open the conference slate on the road at Oregon and Oregon State.
The Ducks (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 76-60 loss at Washington, and they struggled badly from the field by shooting 32.3%, while allowing the Huskies to shoot 53.7% and players that use a price per head service would tell you that is a recipe for a loss. E.J. Singler dropped 20 points and nine boards, while Garrett Sim added 13 points for the Ducks, but he also had five of the team’s 15 turnovers. If the Ducks are going to stay above water in the Pac-12, they’re going to have to improve on the road, but they also have to make sure they dominate their home court, which is the more attainable of the two options.
Oregon should be the favorites at home, where they are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five against the Cardinal, with four of the last five coming in under the posted total. Stanford’s offense is moving well right now as they pass the ball around and get good shots, but their defense is also coming together as the Cardinal are 13th in the country in points allowed. They’re also 16th in the NCAA in rebounding margin and they may be too much for Oregon to handle, even at home.
There is no dominant team in the Pac-12 and it is there for the taking, so if the Cardinal can manage to continue to improve and build some momentum, they can fill the void left by a departing Andrew Luck for the school’s football team. Go with Stanford in your college basketball betting picks.
Stanford is off to an unexpectedly good start this season. They are 12-2 including a 2-0 start to conference play after beating visiting UCLA and USC last week.
This team doesn’t have elite talent but with the consistency they have shown they might be a factor. Thus far they have been a very effective defensive team that has a knack for hitting the offensive boards. If you are effective in those areas you can definitely steal some wins.
What the Cardinal really lack though is that elite talent that they can rely on in close games. Their leading scorer and rebounder is forward Josh Owens. He is a nice player and any coach would love him, but he can not create much all by his lonesome.
One thing that does keep Stanford in games is that they convert at the free throw line. In last week’s two close victories they converted at 85%.
The Ducks split their first two conference games, proving their mediocrity by beating Washington State but being handled easily by Washington.
They may have 10 wins but in my opinion they really haven’t beaten anybody yet, WSU is the only team in the Kenpom top 100 if you are into those kind of statistic based rankings. KP has them seventh in the PAC 12 right now and that is about where they should stay all season. This weekend will be tough as California follows their travel partner Stanford into town.
The Ducks may have been winning games but this team is hard to read from Vegas’ perspective with just a 3-8 ATS record.
Against Washington leading scorer Devoe Joseph disappeared with just 4 points.
This team is not very deep they need to get a lot of production from their starters to compete.
Spread Pick: Oregon -1
O/U Pick: Over
Score Prediction: Oregon 71 - Stanford 69
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