Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (+1.5)
The Arizona Wildcats (5-0) go to Kaiser Permanente Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Stanford Cardinal (3-2). The spread on this game has Stanford as 1.5-point favorites. The total opens at 136.
Arizona will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 5-0 this season. The Wildcats are hitting 37.4% from downtown (37 of 99) and 74.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 78.8 pts per game (89th in D-1) while connecting on 46.0% from the floor. They cough up possession 13.8 times per game and as a group are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a team, Arizona is snagging 43.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 81 dimes so far this season, which ranks 120th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Wildcats have forced 14.6 turnovers every game and they draw 21.8 personal fouls. The Wildcats are giving up a FG percentage of 36.8% (103 of 280) and they relinquish 28.4 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 98th in D-1 in giving up assists with 52 conceded on the year. They are conceding 25.5% on 3-point shots while they are 27th in the country in points per game from their opponents (59.2).
The Arizona Wildcats faced the UTEP Miners and walked away with a win by a score of 69-61 in their last contest. Arizona walked away from the game with a 39.3% FG percentage (22 of 56) and buried 0 of 9 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wildcats made 25 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 89.3%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 44 with 17 of them being offensive. They also doled out 8 assists in this contest while having 6 steals and 5 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Arizona allowed their opponent to shoot 39.3% from the field on 22 out of 56. UTEP totaled 9 assists and 10 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Miners had 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. UTEP went 80.0% from the free throw line by making 12 of their 15 attempts. They also buried 5 of 15 tries from 3-point land.
James Akinjo is one player who saw a lot of court time in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 2 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes played and also totaled 2 boards. Akinjo ended up shooting 18.2% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Wildcats was Jemarl Baker. He grabbed 2 boards and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished the contest at 55.6% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 5-of-9 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Baker saw the court for 31 minutes.
Stanford has a mark of 3-2 for the year. As an offense, the Cardinal are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which ranks 180th in the nation. Stanford has totaled 368 points on the year (73.6 per contest) and they collect 38.2 boards per game. They are getting an assist 12.6 times per game (223rd in Division 1) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per contest. The Cardinal commit 17.8 personal fouls per game and they hit 74.8% from the charity stripe. The Cardinal on the defensive end are ranked 98th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.4. They have given up 12.4 dimes and 35.4 total rebounds per game, ranking them 148th and 172nd in college hoops. The Stanford defense allows 28.3% on three-point shots (32 of 113) and their opposition knocks down 67.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 16 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 38.9% from the floor (69th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Stanford Cardinal walked away with a victory by a final of 82-71 against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. The Cardinal were able to pull down 27 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 35 in the game. They also turned away 4 tries while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Matadors were called for 25 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Cardinal to the free throw line for a total of 31 tries. They were able to knock down 24 of the free throws for a clip of 77.4%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Stanford buried 4 of their 13 attempts (30.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Cardinal went 27 for 45 from the field which gave them a percentage of 60.0%. The Cardinal permitted the Matadors to make 24 of their 66 attempts from the field which had them shooting 36.4% in the matchup. They shot 37.5% from distance by connecting on 12 of 32 and finished the contest at 11 of 15 at the free throw line (73.3%). When discussing attacking the glass, Stanford permitted Cal State Northridge to snag 28 in all (15 offensive).
Ziaire Williams saw the court a lot for the Cardinal in this contest. He buried 5 out of 12 in this matchup giving him a rate of 41.7%, which got him 12 points. Williams collected 6 rebounds in his 29 minutes and totaled 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that ended up coming through for Stanford was Oscar Da Silva. He totaled 32 points in 36 minutes played by going 9 out of 11 from the floor for the game. Silva wrapped this one up going 81.8% from the floor while collecting 2 assists and 9 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Arizona (+1.5)
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