Stanford vs. BYU - NIT First Round - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (24-10) at Stanford Cardinal (18-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some NIT first round action out of the USC bracket as the #6 seed BYU Cougars take on the #3 seed Stanford Cardinal in a college basketball matchup on Wednesday night.
The BYU Cougars got the call to the NIT as a #6 seed after finishing the regular season at 24-10, including an 11-7 mark in West Coast Conference play, earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament and notching wins over San Diego and fellow NIT contender Saint Mary’s before falling to eventual conference champion Gonzaga in the title game. BYU got out of non-conference play with a 11-2 record, with wins over Utah State, Utah, Illinois State, UMASS, Niagara and Princeton with their lone blemishes coming against Alabama and UT-Arlington. Yoeli Childs leads BYU with an average of 18 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while TJ Haws leads BYU in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is scoring 74 points per game on 48.4% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 75.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Stanford Cardinal punched their ticket to the NIT as a #3 seed after finishing the regular season 18-15, including an 11-7 mark in Pac-12 play, good for the 5th seed, just missing out on a bye due to losing a tiebreaker with Utah and UCLA. Stanford took down Cal in the first round before falling in the quarterfinals to UCLA by a final score of 88-77. The Cardinal also added some tough opposition in their non-conference portion of the schedule, with losses to Ohio State, Florida and North Carolina who are all NCAA tournament bound while picking up some decent wins over San Francisco, Montana, Pacific and Northeastern. Reid Travis leads Stanford with an average of 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while Daejon Davis leads the Cardinal in assists with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is scoring 75.9 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.
BYU is 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss and 8-17-2 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Stanford is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games against the WCC while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
Stanford is a very good team at home and has been solid ATS as of late, but I can’t help but think that BYU feels slighted by getting a lower seed in the NIT. The Cougars have the size and perimeter shooting to neutralize Stanford’s key pieces like the aforementioned Travis and Michael Humphrey, so with that said, I'll take the points in a game BYU could win outright.