The Stanford Cardinal and Arizona State Sun Devils open their Pac-12 Tournament campaign in Las Vegas. Neither team is mentioned as a serious contender to win the Pac-12, but we’ll see what happens.
It’s all about playing well at the right time, and Arizona State fulfills that requirement. Arizona State is going into Wednesday on a four-game winning streak following a 65-56 win over Stanford on Saturday.
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 9, 2022
This came after Thursday’s 71-44 win over the California Golden Bears. They easily covered that 7.5-point spread, along with the previous two wins as an underdog.
Arizona State defeated Colorado as a 6-point underdog, 82-65, and then 63-61 a couple of days later as a 3-point underdog. Note that the Sun Devils have won seven of their previous eight attempts.
Their only loss was a decent effort at UCLA, 66-52. The game was much closer than it looked on the scoreboard. Arizona State had things close before the Bruins pulled away.
Arizona State concluded the regular season with an overall record of 14-16 and 10-10 in the Pac-12. They turned things around to salvage a .500 record in the conference. That record looks a lot better than it was going early on.
Stanford is on a dreadful slide with five straight losses from February 17 to March 5. The worst effort had to be a 53-39 loss at Cal on February 26.
— Stanford Men's Basketball (@StanfordMBB) March 8, 2022
The offense was completely inept in that one, with Cal scoring 53 points and still recording a 14-point win. It has been common for Stanford to find offensive struggles this season.
Head below for our free Stanford vs. Arizona State prediction on March 9, 2022.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Stanford Cardinal||+3.5 (-105)||OFF||Over 128.5 (-110)|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||-3.5 (-115)||OFF||Under 128.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Stanford Cardinal||Arizona State Devils|
|Points Per Game||65.8||65.2|
|Points Against Per Game||68.1||67.1|
|Field Goal %||42.9||41.3|
|Three Point %||33.4||29.7|
Stanford vs. Arizona State Prediction:
Stanford needs to find their scoring touch, and I’m doubtful that they can get it going suddenly. We’ve been saying this for a while with the Cardinal.
It hasn’t happened yet, which doesn’t provide us with much confidence that there will be a change. The Cardinal are 306th in the NCAA with 65.8 points per game.
They have gotten worse instead of better this season as well. Stanford has scored 54.6 points per game and a 37.1% field goal percentage through their previous five outings.
This is a neutral site game, but Stanford has been ineffective on the road. They’ve recorded 60.8 points per game and a 41.8% field goal percentage away from campus in 2021-22.
Arizona State held Stanford to 56 points in their meeting on Saturday. It’s another bad matchup for a Stanford team that should be handcuffed offensively.
The Sun Devils are physically defensive and line up well against a bad shooting team like the Cardinal despite not having the best offense.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Trends:
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games versus a team with a losing record
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games versus Arizona State
- 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games in March
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus Arizona State
- 7-1 ATS in their previous eight games
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games as a betting favorite
- 10-2 ATS in their previous 12 games after a win
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games versus Stanford
Arizona State probably doesn’t have the offensive attack to win the Pac-12, but their defense is more than capable of locking this Stanford team down again, though.
The Devils are 120th in the country with 67.1 points against per game and 26th with a 39.9% FGA. As a betting favorite, they’ve allowed 58.3 points per game and a 35.9% FGA. In other words, the Sun Devils have done well against teams with limited scoring.
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 8, 2022
They’ve been good recently, too. Arizona State has conceded 58.4 points per game and a 37.9% FGA through their previous five outings.
Their offensive style is to go slow and grind out wins. Despite only scoring 66.6 points per game in their last five, they’ve been efficient with a 48.2% field goal percentage.
Expect Arizona State to grind out another ugly win in the Pac-12 Tournament. This should be a 68-61 win in favor of Arizona State to win and cover the spread.