Pacific Tigers (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
vs Stanford Cardinal (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
When: Sunday, Nov 12, 10:00 PM ET
Line: Stanford -18.5
Pacific kicks off their season against Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Sunday night. The Cardinal took the first game of the season against Cal-Poly, but didn’t cover the spread. This will be the first meeting between both teams since 2011 where Stanford won by a large 79-37 margin.
Pacific loses scorers, but frontcourt features experience
Pacific begins their 2017-18 season in Stanford. They last appeared in an 82-50 loss to Gonzaga in the Big West tournament in March. The Tigers will lose their top two scorers from last season. T.J. Wallace scored in double figures on average in his last three years with the team while Ray Bowles Jr. will spend his senior season with Fresno State. The highest returning scorer will be junior forward Anthony Townes.
Townes averaged 10.3 points and 7.1 boards while spending 23 minutes on the court. He had a great stretch from late January onward, but in his two meetings with Gonzaga, he was held to just 3-for-13 from the field and tallied up six total points. Jack Williams, also a forward, will be playing in his second season with Pacific after transferring from Long Beach State. He averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 boards, and is also a slight threat from downtown where he converted 50-of-128 attempts.
Stanford catapults to victory thanks to opponent’s foul troubles
It was a shaky first 10 minutes against Cal-Poly, but Stanford was able to pull away with a 38-24 lead at the break and held on to a 16-point victory. It wasn’t enough to cover the lengthy spread, but it was still a good first win of the season. The Cardinal were able to hit 49.1 percent of their shots and they overcame their opponent making 10 3-pointers. What doomed Cal-Poly were the fouls — they committed 14 more fouls (24-10) and Stanford capitalized by making 17-of-23 free throws.
Forward Reid Travis led the way in the frontcourt with 26 points and 12 boards. He made 9-of-16 attempts while also going 7-for-10 from the free throw line. His partner, Michael Humphrey, was very limited scoring wise missing both field goals and finishing with zero points, but he did gather in nine boards to complement Travis off the glass.
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Even though the Cardinal weren’t able to cover in the last game, trust them in this contest. The Tigers will be looking for scoring and the home team’s frontcourt should still be a significant mismatch.