NCAA Basketball Picks: Washington vs. Stanford

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:48 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015 3:48 PM UTC

Neither Stanford or Washington is inspiring much betting confidence at the moment, but that doesn't mean we didn't find a lean for tonight's six-vs.-11 game in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

<p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal Betting Odds</strong><br /> The <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Tournament Betting Odds">NCAA Basketball odds</a> opened this game with Stanford favored by 7.5 points, the total proffered at around 142. In the early betting many books bumped the Cardinal to -8.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal: Background</strong><br /> Washington had lost 10 of its previous 11 games, but pulled an upset in its regular-season finale, beating Utah 77-68 as a 13-point underdog. The Huskies shot 51 percent from the floor Saturday, and hit eight-of-14 from 3-point range, although they also allowed the Utes to shoot 52 percent from the floor.</p> <p>Prior to that victory U-Dub had lost three in a row both SU and ATS, falling to UCLA by 22, to USC by 15 and to Colorado by 17.</p> <p>At 5-13 in conference play the Huskies finished in 11th place in the <a href="" style="text-align:center" target="_blank" title="Arizona is Clear Favorite on Every Pac-12 Tournament Board">Pac-12 Tournament</a>.</p> <p>Stanford, meanwhile, got to 18-9 overall and 9-6 in conference play, but ended the regular-season by losing its last three games to fall out of NCAA tournament contention. Ten days ago the Cardinal lost at home to Oregon 73-70; last Thursday they lost at Arizona State 67-62; and Saturday they got blown out at Arizona 91-69. Stanford lost outright as a six-point favorite against the Ducks; couldn't cover as two-point underdogs against the Sun Devils; and whiffed ATS as 14-point dogs against the Wildcats.</p> <p>Going back to the end of January the Cardinal are 3-7 SU, 2-8 ATS over their last 10 games.</p> <p>At 9-9 the Cardinal finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 with Arizona State.</p> <p>The winner of this game will play third-seeded Utah Thursday.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href="" style="text-align:center" target="_blank" title="Three Hot Picks on the Totals for Tonight"><i>Not Enough Picks? Check Out These Three Picks on the Total!</i></a></p> <p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal Recent History</strong><br /> Stanford has already taken two games from U-Dub this season, by scores of 68-60 in overtime and 84-74. The Cardinal got lucky and covered that first meeting as six-point home favorites, then covered the second meeting as two-point road favorites.</p> <p>Washington almost pulled the upset in that first meeting, but gave up the basket that forced OT with three seconds to go. But the second game played out a little differently, as Stanford led at one point in the second half by 26 points, before allowing the Huskies, who were playing their first game without C Robert Upshaw, to salvage a more respectable final score.</p> <p>Upshaw, who was leading the nation in blocked shots, got kicked off the team just before that Jan. 28 game. Since then Washington is 2-9 SU, 3-8 ATS.</p> <p>That first meeting, even with the overtime period, played UNDER its total of 131, while the second game cruised OVER its total of 140.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal, By the Numbers</strong><br /> Washington is shooting 43.5 percent from the floor this season, and just 32 percent from 3-point land, but is holding opponents to 42 percent FG shooting.</p> <p>Stanford is shooting 43.5 percent from the floor, and almost 39 percent from 3-point range, which is pretty good, while holding foes to 42.5 percent from the floor.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal Betting Trends</strong><br /> Washington is 16-13 on the totals this season, as Huskies games have averaged 136 points.</p> <p>Stanford is 15-14 on the totals, as Cardinal games have averaged 140 points.</p> <p>Injury Update<br /> Washington F Shawn Kemp (10 points, four boards PG) has missed the last four games with a sore calf, and is questionable to return tonight.</p> <p>  </p><p><strong>Huskies-Cardinal Free Pick</strong><br /> Stanford has its troubles at the moment, but it's still the better team in this match-up. The Cardinals do a decent job both on the boards and at the FT line, and those aspects can be key when trying to cover a spread. Also, while Stanford finished 9-9 in conference play, seven of those losses came by seven points or less. Transpose a few buckets here and there and the Cardinal might be Dancing. Meanwhile, Washington upset Utah last time out, but in our book that just opens the door for a “fade” play on the Huskies as our <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks &amp; Tournament Predictions">NCAA Basketball pick</a>.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Free NCAA Basketball Pick:</strong> <a href=";book=inarticlepinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Visit Pinnacle Sportsbook">Stanford -9 at Pinnacle</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=2825252" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden"></iframe></p>
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