Free NCAA Basketball Picks: Stanford vs. Texas

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:26 PM GMT

Texas is one of the deepest teams in the country, which makes it a top college basketball pick against Stanford at the Frank Erwin Center Tuesday.

Starting Five
Stanford is 324th in the country in bench minutes played through nine games this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA Basketball picks, as its three senior starters account for 46.6 of the team’s 72.8 points per game.

The Cardinal have one of the best offensive players in the Pac-12 Conference, with Chasson Randle average 18.9 points a contest, as the senior guard comes off a 24-point performance in a 79-77 road defeat to BYU last time out.

It’s important to point out that the program is 12-12 SU and 12-11-1 ATS versus teams that allow 64 or fewer points per game dating back to the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

 

Dominating the Glass
Texas leads the nation in rebounding margin at +15.5, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA Basketball odds, as it has won that statistical category in 10 of its first 11 contests.

The Longhorns are known for controlling the paint against most opponents, as they rank fourth nationally in averaging 7.6 blocks per game, as they look to break last year’s single-season record of 206.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points.

 

Taking On the Best
The Cardinal are 9-16 SU all-time against top-25 foes under head coach Johnny Dawkins, including a 5-2 mark in seven opportunities during the 2013-14 season.

Stanford will need to get off to a good start in Austin in hopes of covering this point spread, as it has encountered double-digit deficits in the first half of four consecutive affairs.

 

Going Deep
The Longhorns have seven players averaging at least 5.7 points per game, which doesn’t include the injured Isaiah Taylor, who was leading the team at 15.0 points a contest before hurting his wrist.

Jonathan Holmes is the main player to handicap due to being the lone scholarship senior on this year’s roster, as he’s reached double figures in scoring 48 times and in rebounds 11 times since arriving on campus.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Longhorns as one of their college basketball betting picks, as they’ve gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games versus teams with a winning record.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Texas Longhorns -10.5 at Pinnacle Sports