Washington State Cougars (9-6; 5-7 ATS; 6-6 O/U) vs. Stanford Cardinal (8-8; 6-9 ATS; 7-8 O/U)
NCAAB: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm EST
Line: Stanford -8
The Stanford Cardinal will host the Washington State Cougars in PAC 12 action Thursday night from the Maples Pavilion. Washington State lost 85-66 to the Oregon Ducks in their latest action, and Stanford is coming off an 89-75 loss to UCLA on Sunday. Stanford beat Washington 72-56 in their lone meeting last season.
Cougars Crushed by Oregon in First Conference Loss
The Washington State Cougars could not keep up with the Oregon Ducks in their 85-66 home loss last weekend. The Cougars did shoot a solid 50% from the field but the Ducks were even better, shooting 54%. Ike Iroegbu led the Cougars with 12 points on 4 for 7 shooting in the loss. The senior guard has not been as effective as last season, averaging only 11 points per game after scoring 12.7 last season, and he has even seen increased playing time this year. Cougars leading scorer Josh Hawkinson came one rebound away from a double-double in the loss, sinking 10 points with nine rebounds. Hawkinson has been terrific all season, posting a 55% or better efficiency from the field in five out of his last six games, and is now averaging 15.9 points per game along with 10.5 rebounds per game, placing his second in the PAC 12 in rebounding. The Cougars are placed down at 183rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Washington State is scoring an average of 72.4 points per game, ranking them down at 223rd overall, and are shooting 46.5% from the field. The Cougars are now allowing an average of 73.5 points per game, placing them 221st overall.
Stanford Offense Sputters in Fourth Straight Loss
The Stanford Cardinal remain winless in PAC 12 play after falling 89-75 to fourth ranked UCLA last weekend. Stanford was only able to shoot 38% while UCLA shot a solid 50% and made 55% of their three-pointers. Michael Humphrey had by far his best game of the season in the loss, sinking 27 points on 10 for 22 shooting, and also collected 14 rebounds. The junior forward has not been as productive as last season, averaging 8.7 points per game after averaging 10.3 last season, although his playing team has decreased this year. Dorian Pickens was able to score 12 points in the win, and sits second in team scoring with 13.1 points per game. The Cardinal are without leading scorer and rebounder Reid Travis who is out with a shoulder injury and there is no timetable for his return. Stanford will definitely need Pickens and Humphrey to step up in his absence. Stanford has now dropped four straight games and are currently ranked at 116th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Stanford has struggled offensively, scoring only 68.6 points per game, ranking them 284th overall, and are shooting 42.5% as a team. The Cardinal are conceding an average of 70.4 points per game, placing them 148th overall.
The Washington State Cougars are:
- No Key Trends
The Stanford Cardinal are:
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games agains the PAC 12.
I am siding with Washington State in this one. I can’t justify going with Stanford with Reid Travis out of the lineup. Travis leads Stanford in points and rebounds, and they are already a very low scoring team as it is, so I can’t see them doing a whole lot offensively without him. Washington State already has two conference wins and have allowed 70 or fewer points in six out of their last eight games, and they also feature a more productive offense, so I am confident taking them in this one.