The Stanford Cardinal and Utah Utes meet Wednesday in the college basketball Pac-12 Tournament First Round at the T-Mobile Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 69.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Spencer Jones is averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Harrison Ingram is averaging 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. Michael Jones is dishing 1.7 assists and Brandon Angel is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game.
The Utah Utes are averaging 68.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Branden Carlson is averaging 16 points and 7.4 rebounds, while Gabe Madsen is averaging 11.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. Lazar Stefanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Anthony is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game.
The Cardinal are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Utes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Cardinal last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Utes last 7 overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Utah has been the better team this season, but it enters the tournament, losing its last 5 games by an average of 12.6 points while stinking up the joint offensively. The Stanford Cardinal are playing the better ball right now, and they did beat Utah on the road last month. Give me the team that's playing better right now. Give me Stanford.