Colorado vs. Stanford - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Stanford Cardinal (16-6) at Colorado Buffaloes (18-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm (CU Events Center)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -7.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
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The Stanford Cardinal will travel to the CU Events Center to take on the 24th ranked Buffaloes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Stanford Cardinal dropped to 16-6 (5-4 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Utah Utes, 64-56 in OT, this past Thursday night. Stanford was able to fight from a 28-22 halftime deficit to force OT, however, the offense struggled in the extra period and couldn’t pull off the much-needed road win. Stanford shot just 35.4% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc while also committing 20 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Tyrell Terry who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Stanford is averaging 70.4 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by Oscar da Silva (16.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Tyrell Terry (15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg), and Daejon Davis (8.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 59.9 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinal have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The 24th ranked Colorado Buffaloes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-5 (7-3 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the California Bears, 71-65, this past Thursday night. Colorado has more of a game than they expected from the Bears, however, were able to pull away late after taking a 63-54 lead with just 1:07 left in regulation. Colorado struggled defensively agianst California, allowing the Bears to shoot 55.6% from the field, however, the Buffaloes shot an impressive 48.0% and were able to outrebound California by a 32-23 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Tyler Bey who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 72.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by Tyler Bey (13.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 spg), McKinley Wright IV (13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and D’Shawn Schwartz (10.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Cardinal are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games, however, are just 19-39-1 ATS in their last 59 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Buffaloes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Stanford has lost 4 of their last 5 games, however, the Cardinal still have one of the better defenses in the country as they come into this game ranked 8th in scoring defense & 17th in defensive FG%.
Colorado has won 4 of their last 5 games and has also been led by their defense which currently ranks 27th in scoring defense, 65th in defensive FG%, and 30th in rebound margin.
Stanford has been led by their defense this season, however, their offense has really struggled as of late, averaging just 59.8 ppg over their last 4 games which included road losses to both California & Utah. Colorado has arguably just as strong a defense as the Cardinal and between he fact that Sanford has a losing record on the road and that I trust the Colorado offense led by bey & Wright IV, I’m taking Colorado to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!