Stanford Cardinal vs. UC Davis Aggies NIT Tournament - 3/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Davis Aggies (25-6) at Stanford Cardinal (19-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal look to put on a show for the Maples Pavilion crowd when the UC Davis Aggies visit in an NIT opener.
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The Stanford Cardinal appeared to be heading for a 20 win season and an NCAA invitation before struggles over the last month denied them of both. The Cardinal dropped eight of 12 to end the season which included a loss to Utah in in the PAC-12 postseason that left the team at 19-13 and 10-10 in the conference. Stanford outscored opponents 72-67 on the #45 SOS with top 50 wins against Wofford and Texas with losses to Duke and Brigham Young. Chasson Randle led three double digit scorers with 19 points with Anthony Johnson averaging about 15 point and at team high seven rebounds while Stefan Nastic checked in at 14 points and six boards.
The UC Davis Aggies were the best team in the Big West during the regular season but lost to Hawaii to finish 14-3 in the conference and 25-6. Despite one of the most impressive records in the country the Aggies had to win the conference postseason because of a very weak number 299 strength of schedule. UCD could really shoot the basketball with 71 points on over 49% accuracy which was more then enough with 64 points given up. Their weak schedule is responsible for the lofty numbers according to many experts with the team not stepping up in competition. When UC Davis needed scoring the ball usually found the hands of Corey Hawkins who poured in over 20 points and snagged five boards on 50% shooting. Josh Richard was the only other player to score in double figures at 12 points but there was no shortage of secondary scorers.
The Aggies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. UC Davis are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big West. Stanford are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Despite their weak schedule I think UC Davis can at least be competitive here so give me the points…