Colorado at Stanford
|Date & Time||Saturday January 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Stanford Cardinal -2 -- Over/Under: 142.5
The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to Maples Pavilion to take on the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Colorado Buffaloes snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-7 (2-4 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 68-59, this past Thursday. Colorado’s defense gave California trouble throughout the game and although the Buffaloes allowed the Golden Bears to fight back from a 16-point 2nd half deficit to make it a game late, Colorado was able to secure the much-needed victory after closing out the last 4:09 of regulation on an 8-1 run. Colorado shot 50.0% from the field while holding California to just 38.9% shooting from the field & 23.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Tyler Bey who had a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 76.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Lucas Siewert (11.9 ppg, 1.2 apg), Tyler Bey (11.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Shane Gatling (9.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Stanford Cardinal dropped to 9-10 (2-5 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Utah Utes, 70-66, this past Thursday. Stanford held a 54-48 lead with 7:51 left in regulation, however, struggled defensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after Utah took a 67-64 lead with :39 seconds left in regulation. Stanford allowed Utah to shoot 47.2% from the field & 64.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinal was KZ Okpala who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block.
On the season, Stanford is averaging 72.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by KZ Okpala (18.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg), Daejon Davis (12.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Cormac Ryan (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Oscar da Silva (8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Cardinal have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -2.7.
The Buffaloes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, just 21-46-1 ATS in their last 68 road games. The Cardinal are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Colorado has lost 4 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked 112th in scoring offense & 117th in scoring defense. The Cardinal has lost 5 of their last 7 games and have struggled on both ends of the court as they rank 206th in scoring offense & 232nd in scoring defense.
Colorado has some solid young talent however, this is a team that really struggles on the road and although Stanford certainly isn’t the strongest of Pac-12 teams, I think the Cardinal will be able to do enough at home to cover this small spread.