Stanford Cardinal vs. Connecticut Huskies - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Connecticut Huskies (9-6) at Stanford Cardinal (12-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Connecticut Huskies make the long trip to the west coast to face the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion.
If the Connecticut Huskies have any thoughts of making another run at the national title it will be led by their defense that allows around 60 ponts because an offene that scores 66 points isn't a strength. UConn looks to rebound from a 66-58 loss at Tulsa Tuesday that dropped their record to 3-2 in the AAC and snapped a three game winning streak. The tough D was touched for nearly 47% marksmanship with the Golden Hurricane also sinking ten more free throws. The Huskies hit at 43% but were only 8-18 from the stripe while giving the ball away 14 times. Daniel Hamilton led the Connecticut attack with 16 points and a game high 12 rebounds with Terrance Samuel and Amida Brimah netting 12 points and eleven points. Ryan Boatright and Rodney Purvis combined for 15 points but the Huskies lacked explosiveness.
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When I look at the Stanford Cardinal I get the feeling that this isn't the strongest team this program has had. On the flip side the Cardinal are outscoring the opposition 73-64, own a 12-4 record and are 4-1 in the PAC 12 so they are certainly doing something right. Stanford is coming off of a 69-59 victory at Cal where a 43-28 second half run negated a five point deficit at the intermission. The Golden Bears were limited to 35.5% from the floor while the Cardinal sank shots at 48% including an 8-16 mark from distance. Chasson Randle exploded for a game high 25 points on 8-14 shooting followed by an 18 point, nine board performance from Anthony Brown. Stefan Nastic netted 13 points and snagged another nine rebounds while Rosco Allen chipped in with nine points and six pulls.
The Huskies are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games following a S.U. loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. UConn are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Cardinal are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 home games following three or more consecutive road games. Stanford are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Cardinal are probably better then I though and Connecticut is always dangerous but the long trip for the Huskies versus a quality squad has me looking at the home team and I hope I'm wrong...