Arizona visits Stanford in the last part of their Bay Area trip. Arizona is coming off a blowout win against California, while Stanford is coming off a really close loss to Arizona State. This should be an interesting matchup to see how Arizona does in the Bay Area. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Arizona vs. Stanford Odds
Arizona is a 9-point road favorite against Stanford, and there’s no money line available yet. The over/under is also at 151. Arizona being this big of a favorite makes sense because of how good they’ve looked recently, and how Stanford hasn’t lived up to expectations. The over/under also makes sense because both teams are going to have a lot of possessions due to Arizona pushing the pace as fast as they can. This spread could move before tip-off.
Arizona vs. Stanford Prediction & Pick
The pick: Arizona -9
Arizona is coming off a big blowout win over California and has looked like they are playing to their full potential now.
Azuolas Tubelis has cemented himself as one of the best players in college basketball and should be in the running to be an All-American. He leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and steals. Oumar Ballo has also been playing really well and leads the Wildcats in blocks and is second in scoring. He’s one of the most improved players in college basketball. Kerr Kriisa is the engine of the Wildcats’ offense, and leads the team and the Pac-12 in assists per game. Courtney Ramey is also a big key because he’s one of the best shooters Arizona has.
As a team, Arizona excels more on offense than on defense. They’re top-10 in points scored and top-15 in both field goal percentage and point differential. On the other side, Stanford has been a big disappointment this season. Spencer Jones is the best player for the Cardinal. He leads the team in scoring, steals, and blocks per game. Michael Jones, Harrison Ingram, and Maxime Raynaud are all next in line for scoring production after Jones. Ingram leads the team in assists per game for the season.
As a team, Stanford excels more on defense than on offense. They are inconsistent on offense and have struggled to score and need to be better for them to rebound.
Arizona is the more complete team than Stanford. Stanford has talent, but hasn’t lived up to it. Arizona should win this game and cover very easily and leave the Bay Area in a dominant fashion. Arizona should cement themselves as the best team in the Pac-12 this weekend too.
Arizona vs. Stanford Key Matchups
Can Maxime Raynaud matchup with Oumar Ballo? Can Cedric Henderson Jr. matchup with Spencer Jones?
Oumar Ballo vs Maxime Raynaud
Oumar Ballo has been dominant this year and has improved a ton from last year. He averages 15 points, 2 assist, and 9 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Maxime Raynaud most of the game, who averages 8 points, 1 assist, and 6 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup in this game because Ballo has been a matchup nightmare for most players this season. It will be interesting to see how Raynaud defends him because he has the size, but Ballo is more athletic.
Spencer Jones vs Cedric Henderson Jr.
Spencer Jones has been a bright spot for Stanford this year. He averages 14 points, 1 assist, and 5 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Cedric Henderson Jr., who averages 7 points, 1 assist, and 4 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because Spencer Jones is where most of Stanford’s offense comes from. Henderson Jr. has been a very good defender, so this matchup will be big for what happens in this game.