Stanford vs. Pacific - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (0-0) at Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some college basketball action out on the west coast as the Pacific Tigers open their season on the road against the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday night.
The Pacific Tigers come into this season looking to turn things around after an 11-22 2016-17 campaign in head coach Damon Stoudamire’s first season in charge of the Tigers program. The Tigers finished the season 4-14 in conference play, good enough for the #9 seed, defeating Pepperdine in the first round before falling to top seed, eventual tournament champion and national championship runner-up Gonzaga in the quarterfinals. The positive for coach Stoudamire is that all of his top 5 scorers return, including leading scorer Ray Bowles (13.4 ppg), T.J. Wallace (12.9 ppg) and leading rebounder Anthony Townes (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg). The challenge for Pacific this season will be improving an offense that finished near the bottom of D-I in most categories, including scoring 66.8 points per game (309th), on 40.4% shooting from the field (329th) and 33% from behind the arc (273rd).
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The Stanford Cardinal will look to remain unbeaten after winning their season opener over Cal Poly, defeating the Mustangs by a final score of 78-62 on Friday. Reid Travis led the way, putting up a game-high 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting in addition to a game-high 12 rebounds and 4 assists for his first double-double of the year. Isaac White went a perfect 5 for 5 from behind the arc as part of his 17-point performance, while Dorian Pickens and Robert Cartwright each added 10 points to round out the double digit scoring for Stanford in the win. Oscar Da Silva added 7 points in addition to a pair of blocks and a pair of steals, while Michael Humphrey was held scoreless but added 9 boards. As a team, Stanford is scoring 78 points per game on 49.1% shooting from the floor, 47.4% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
We will update with trends once they become available.
This line is really thick, considering that Stanford didn’t cover almost the same number against Cal Poly. However, Pacific really struggled offensively last season, and even though all of those players return and may have worked out some of the kinks, I need to see it first before I back Pacific with any sort of confidence. Plus, I’m not sure the Tigers have any answer for a guy like Reid Travis, so I’ll lay the points with Stanford but I’m really not a fan of the line.