Washington Huskies (8-8 SU, 6-9 ATS, 8-7 O/U) vs. Stanford Cardinal (9-8 SU, 7-9 ATS, 7-8 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -5.5. Total: 155.5
The Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games heading into a road date with the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on Saturday evening. Washington is coming off a 69-59 setback against California on Thursday. The Cardinal halted a four-game losing streak when they destroyed Washington State earlier this week.
Where’s the offense?
The Huskies struggled offensively in their recent loss to California. Sophomore David Crisp scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half while also knocking down all four of his three-point attempts, but it was not enough as his team put up only 59 points. In a competitive contest that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes, the Huskies had four players score in double-figures. Sophomore Noah Dickerson just missed a double-double with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Markelle Fultz chipped in 12 and sophomore Matisse Thybulle had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Other than the four scorers in double-digits, the rest of the Huskies combined for a grand total of seven points. Starting forward Sam Timmins did not score a point in only eight minutes of work. Dominic Green, also a forward, failed to produce a single point in 16 minutes off the bench.
On the right track?
Stanford was winless through its first four Pac-12 games due in part to the fact that leading scorer and rebounder Reid Travis has been out. Travis is sidelined indefinitely by a right shoulder injury. With him on the bench, the Cardinal were second to last in the Pac-12 in scoring at 68.6 points per game through four contests. It’s shooting percentage during that stretch was a conference-worst 42.5 percent. The last three losses of the four-game skid came by an average of 23 points at the hands of Arizona, Southern Cal, and UCLA. Travis, a 6-foot-8 junior, is contributing 17.5 points and 19.6 rebounds per game. Needless to say, his absence has been crippling.
Still, Stanford outscored the Bruins 45-41 the second half after trailing by 18 points at the intermission last Sunday. Forward Michael Humphrey emerged from a shooting slump with a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds in the Cardinal’s 89-75. They parlayed that moral victory into an actual win of Washington State (84-54) on Thursday.
“We are getting close as a team,” Humphrey said following the loss to UCLA. “We’re on the right track. Our second half was the best half that we’ve played in a long while.”
The Washington Huskies are:
- 4-1 Under in their last five overall
- 4-1 Under in their last five games against the Pac-12
- 6-1 Under in their last seven road games against Stanford
The Stanford Cardinal are:
- 6-1 Under in their last seven games following a win
- 4-0 Under in their last four games following an ATS win
- 9-4 Under in their last 13 games against Washington
Washington is not deep, and it scored only 59 points in its most recent outing despite putting four players in double-digits. Stanford is also thinner than usual with Travis on the sidelines. The under is 4-1 in the Huskies’ last five overall and 4-1 in their last five against the Pac-12. It is also 6-1 in the Cardinal’s last seven following a win and 4-0 in their last four following an ATS win. Additionally, the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between the two teams and 6-1 in Washington’s last seven trips to Stanford. Look for this one to stay under the total.