The Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats meet in the next round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. Stanford edged out the Arizona State Sun Devils in an upset yesterday.
The Cardinal won a 71-70 game as a 4-point underdog at T-Mobile Arena in an exciting finish. They carried a 31-27 deficit going into the break, but came out as the better team in the second half.
— Stanford Men's Basketball (@StanfordMBB) March 10, 2022
Spencer Jones came up big with 26 points and 6 rebounds in the 1-point win. Brandon Angel also provided a nice lift off the bench. He was strong with 15 points and 5 rebounds in the winning cause.
It’s an unfortunate loss for a Sun Devils team that was running in good form recently. They had a bad start, came around, and ended in one game. The NIT could be up next for Arizona State.
Stanford will have to win the Pac-12 Tournament, or they’re likely off to the NIT as well. A formidable challenge appears in front of the Cardinal at T-Mobile Arena.
Arizona won the Pac-12 regular season title and is looking to put an exclamation point on their season before the NCAA Tournament. They finished with a record of 28-3 and 18-2 in the conference.
— Arizona Basketball (@ArizonaMBB) March 2, 2022
The Wildcats are coming off an 89-61 win over Cal on Saturday in the season finale. Arizona earned a bye in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament as a result of their regular season success.
Arizona is going into this one with wins in 12 of their previous 13 attempts. They are in good form, but March Madness is a whole new campaign.
Head below for our free Stanford vs. Arizona prediction on March 10, 2022.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Stanford Cardinal||+15 (-115)||+810||Over 144.5 (-115)|
|Arizona Wildcats||-15 (-105)||-1350||Under 144.5 (-105)|
|Team Data||Stanford Cardinal||Arizona Wildcats|
|Points Per Game||65.8||84.7|
|Points Against Per Game||68.1||66.7|
|Field Goal %||42.9||49.5|
|Three Point %||33.4||34.9|
Stanford vs. Arizona Prediction:
Stanford won straight up as a 4-point underdog over Arizona State yesterday. It was a valiant effort for a team that wasn’t playing well recently.
Stanford stepped up when it mattered the most. However, let’s be honest and remind ourselves that Arizona State is not Arizona.
The Wildcats are going to be a significantly tougher foe on Thursday. Arizona cleared for an 85-57 and 81-69 win in two regular season meetings.
Stanford covered 18.5 points last week in a game where Arizona didn’t look too interested. They pulled away for an easy win, but it wasn’t their best performance.
Despite not having their best game, Arizona still won by 12 points. Across this season, Arizona is scoring 84.7 points per game for the third-best team in the NCAA.
The Wildcats have been efficient from the field, posting a 49.5% field goal percentage. Stanford was able to get just enough offense yesterday, but they need better versus Arizona.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Trends:
- 0-4 ATS in their previous five games after a win
- 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games after covering the spread
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games in March
- 2-18 overall in their previous 20 games versus Arizona
- 2-4 ATS in their previous six games
- 12-1 overall in their previous 13 games
- 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games on a Thursday
- The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games after covering the spread
- UNDER is 8-3 in their previous 11 games as an underdog
Arizona is a well-rounded team and can play defense as well. They have allowed 66.7 points per game and a 38.2% field goal percentage against.
The Wildcats aren’t the best defensively, but they don’t have to be with their strong offense running free. Arizona scored 84.2 points per game in their previous five outings on better than 52% shooting.
Arizona should be ready to run tonight after four days of rest. I’m not sure Stanford will have another timely offensive performance on Thursday.
Overall this season, the Cardinal are 306th with 65.8 points per game. Their poor shooting wears off on the charity stripe as well. Stanford is shooting just 65.4% from the free-throw line for 343rd.
This time don’t expect Stanford to keep the final score within 15 points. Against a fresh Arizona squad in this one, it looks like the Cardinal should regress for a 20-point loss or thereabout at T-Mobile Arena.