Stanford Cardinal vs Utah Utes Prediction, 2/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Stanford Cardinal vs Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
The Utah Utes (15-8) are hosting the Stanford Cardinal (9-12) at Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday.
The Stanford Cardinal faced off with California and took home the win by a score of 75-46 in their last game. Stanford walked away from the contest having earned a 46.7% FG percentage (28 of 60) and made 8 of 22 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Cardinal knocked down 11 of 15 tries for a rate of 73.3%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they collected 45 with 13 of them being offensive. They also doled out 16 assists in the game while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When it comes to defending, Stanford allowed the other team to shoot 30.4% from the floor on 17 out of 56 shooting. California totaled 5 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Additionally, California snagged 28 rebounds (10 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. California finished shooting 53.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 13 tries. They converted 5 out of their 21 attempts from long range. Concerning personal fouls, the Cardinal ended up walking away with 17 and California finished the game with 16 personal fouls.
Maxime Raynaud is a player who came through in this contest. He recorded 15 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 25 mins played and also grabbed 9 boards. He finished shooting 60.0% from the field and also earned 1 assist.
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Stanford will enter this game with a record of 9-12 for the season. They are averaging 68.4 pts per game (264th in D-1) while shooting 43.7% from the floor. The Cardinal are connecting on 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (156 of 481) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Stanford is grabbing 35.4 boards per game and has totaled 280 assists for the year, which is 234th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.7 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Cardinal have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and they draw 16.4 personal fouls. They give up 34.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 66th in college basketball in points per game allowed (65.1). The Cardinal are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.7% (493 of 1,127) and they relinquish 30.8 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 84th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 250 surrendered so far this season.
In their last game, the Utah Utes took a loss by a final score of 68-56 against Oregon. The Utes were able to corral 17 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 29 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 6 times, while earning 2 steals for this contest. Oregon committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Utes to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 84.2%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Utah converted 8 of their 23 tries (34.8%). Overall, the Utes finished shooting 16 for 57 from the field which had them sitting at 28.1%. The Utes permitted Oregon to bury 27 of 58 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.6% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 30.8% from distance by going 8 out of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 6 out of 9 at the charity stripe (66.7%). When discussing how they rebounded, Utah permitted Oregon to snag 38 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Lazar Stefanovic was important for the Utes for the game. He totaled 14 points in his 35 mins of playing time and tallied 2 assists for the matchup. He converted 5 out of 13 in this matchup for a rate of 38.5%, and added 4 rebounds.
Utah has a record of 15-8 for the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Utes are hitting on 44.7% from the field, which is ranked 180th in D-1. Utah has accounted for 1,628 pts this year (70.8 per contest) and they grab 39.6 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.8 times per game (76th in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.3 times per contest. The Utes are committing 15.3 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.2% from the charity stripe.
The Utah defense gives up 27.6% on 3-point shots (142 of 515) and opponents are knocking down 65.7% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 11.8 dimes and 35.0 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 113th and 241st in the nation. The Utes on defense are ranked 19th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 61.7. They are forcing 10.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.6% from the field (4th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah
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