Stanford vs. Green Bay - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Green Bay Phoenix (0-0) vs. Standord Cardinal (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12
The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to the Maples Pavilion to take on the Stanford Cardinals this Friday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Green Bay had a strong 2014-15 season finishing the season with a 24-9 record (12-4 Horizon League) but fell short of making the NCAA tournament ended up being one and done in the NIT tournament after falling to Illinois State. Offensively, Green Bay finished the season averaging 68.2 ppg (ranked 151st) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 65th). The Phoenix really struggled from long-range shooting just 29.4% (ranked 339th) and also had trouble at the FT line shooting just 64.3% (ranked 329th). Defensively, Green Bay allowed their opponents to average 60.8 ppg (ranked 40th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 71st). First year head coach Linc Darner will have his work cut out for him replacing two-time Horizon MVP Keifer Sykes who averaged 18.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 spg. The Phoenix will have starters Carrington Love (10.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg) and Jordan Fouse (7.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.9 spg) returning this season. Green Bay will be hoping that incoming brothers Avery and Anthony Brown can help replace some of the production that will be missed from the departure of Sykes. Green Bay still has some talent to complete in the Horizon League but losing Keifer Sykes and Greg Mays will provide Coach Darner a major challenge in his first year with the Pheniox.
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The Stanford Cardinals finished the 2014-15 season with a 24-13 record (9-9 PAC-12) and ended the season as the NIT champions after defeating the Miami Hurricanes 66-64 (OT). Offensively, Stanford averaged 72.3 ppg (ranked 56th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 174th). The Cardinals were decent on the boards as they averaged 36.9 rpg (ranked 54th). Defensively, Stanford allowed their opponents to average 67.3 ppg (ranked 194th) on 42.3% shooting. Coach Johnny Dawkins will have his work cut out for him this season as Stanford lost their top three players from last year in Chasson Randle (19.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Anthony Brown (14.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Stefan Nastic (13.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). The Cardinals top returning scorer is Rosco Allen who averaged 7.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg last season. Coach Dawkins will be relying on his young big men Michael Humphrey and Reid Travis to step up into bigger roles this season. Stanford has some decent talent but there is not coach Dawkins will be able to replace the talent that they lost and it could be a tough year for the Cardinals in the touch PAC-12 conference.
The Phoenix are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cardinal are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
Although both Green Bay and Stanford lost major pieces from their teams from a year ago, I think Stanford has more question marks as they don’t have one returning player who averaged more than 7 ppg. Green Bay’s head coach Linc Darner is a successful coach that won the Division II title last season with Florida Southern and as Green Bay has been a solid defensive team in the past, I think they can keep this game close on the road against Stanford. Take Green Bay and the points.