There isn’t much better for sports bettors than college basketball season. You don’t need the NCAA Tournament for floor to floor action throughout the day when it comes to this sport. There is action to be had from the early afternoon and morning into the evening. You are going to have to be a little more patient today, though, as the first game is scheduled for tip-off at 5:00 p.m. EST on the Thursday slate.
South Carolina Upstate and Presbyterian from the Big South will get us started. I’m not particularly interested in that game, but do like what I see in the late night hours in the Pac-12. There are three Pac-12 games tonight to close out the card. I’m going to be on two of them, including Colorado and Oregon, which tips off at the same time as this contest in Eugene.
Stanford and Washington are expected to meet at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in a Pac-12 showdown. Stanford has an outside chance of winning the Pac-12 tournament. They are certainly going to need some luck, but this isn’t the best conference in the country. It’s still very wide open despite the USC Trojans flexing their muscles over the last month. USC is the team to beat, as they own a record of 18-3 on the season and 12-2 in the conference. UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, and Stanford are all in consideration if they can get hot at the right moment, though.
Stanford currently stands at 13-8 on the season, with a mark of 9-6 in the conference. Forget about Washington winning the conference. It’s been a tough season for the Huskies, but there has been signs of life in Seattle from this squad recently. After getting embarrassed for a couple of months, the Huskies have been more fundamentally sound and not making nearly as many mistakes. Washington goes into tonight with a record of 4-16 and 3-12 in the Pac-12. Head below for our free Stanford vs. Washington pick on February 18, 2021.
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Stanford is coming off a 73-66 win over the Utah Utes on Saturday. It was a nice response for Stanford after they were dispatched by the Colorado Buffaloes, 69-51. That loss prevented Stanford from going on a three-game winning streak after a couple of wins against Cal, 70-55 and 76-70.
There have been too many up and down sequences for Stanford this season. They’ve been inconsistent and never really been able to settle into a groove. Dating back to January 30, Stanford has gone 3-3 through six outings.
Before beating Cal in back-to-back games, the Cardinal were losers against Arizona State, 79-75, and USC, 72-66. Their inconsistent season can partly be tracked back to the absence of Ziaire Williams. He missed about a month because of Covid-19, and only recently returned against Colorado and Utah.
Williams was a non-factor in both games, as he scored just 7 and 6 points. He’s been slow on the floor, and hasn’t been getting much playing time since coming back. In other words, the coaching staff knows that Williams needs more time to get back up to speed. When Williams is playing at full speed, he’s a dangerous five-star freshman.
We saw that early in the season when he was rolling before Covid-19 derailed his year. However, Williams hasn’t been a factor since then. Stanford needs more of a go-to option than just Oscar da Silva. Spencer Jones has been stepping up recently, but the offense has been awfully sporadic. Stanford is 185th in the NCAA with 71.3 points scored per game.
The Huskies are coming off a 65-63 win against Washington State on the road as a 6.5-point underdog. It was an impressive effort, and one of their better showings of the season. This came after Washington brought UCLA to the wire in a 64-61 loss. Their defense has been playing much better basketball as of late, with fewer than 70 points allowed in three straight performances. Even their 69-54 loss against USC on February 11 wasn’t particularly bad. That’s a really good Trojans squad that Washington was able to keep within reach, somewhat.
For what the Huskies were doing earlier in the season, they have been in much better form recently. The defense has been better at home, with 70 points conceded per game as opposed to 76.6 points overall. The Cardinal are recording 71.6 points per game on the road this season. Stanford might win this, but 9.5 points looks like a lot for Stanford on the road. Washington has been playing scrappy basketball after playing disastrous basketball for most of the season. I will take the home dog getting almost double digits.