College Basketball action within the Pac-12 Conference on Sunday evening and we will see the Stanford Cardinal grapple with the Washington State Cougars at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington. Stanford won the first meeting this year by a score of 88-62. The Cardinal enter this game at 17-9 overall, including 6-7 in league play while the Cougars have gone 5-9 within the Pac-12 and 14-13 overall.
Stanford Tops Huskies To Break SlideThe Stanford Cardinal had a great 15-2 start to their year but they have been struggling of late, going just 2-7 over their last nine games. They had a four-game losing streak going but it was broken up with a nice 72-64 road win over Washington. Can the Cardinal build on that win? We shall see. Stanford is still at 17-9 on the year overall but they are just 6-7 in league play and will most likely need to win the Pac-12 Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament. KenPom does have them ranked 39th in the nation and they have faced the 87th ranked slate of game so they could get into the Big Dance by making a deep run in the conference tourney.
Back to the win over the Huskies. The Cardinal shot 47% from the field overall, including 39% (7/18) from long range. Leading their attack was Oscar Da Silva, who had 16 points while Tyrell Terry had 14. The offense had been struggling as Stanford averaged just 62.3 ppg over their previous seven games. The defense was the real star for the Cardinal as they allowed the Huskies to shoot just 35% from the field overall, including 17% (4/24) from long range. Stanford has averaged 68.9 ppg and they have allowed 65.7 ppg on the road.
Stanford enters this game ranked 201th in the nation in scoring at 70.1 ppg, 28th in field goal percentage at 47.1%, 27th in three-point shooting at 37.2% and 231st in free-throw shooting at 69.2%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 17th in points allowed at 61.8 ppg, 23rd in defensive FG% at 39.0% and 20th in three-point defense at 29.4%.
The Offense Continues To Struggle For The CougsThe Cougars have had a decent season overall at 14-13 but they are just 5-9 in league play and they WILL need to win the conference tournament to get into the Big Dance. Washington State enters this game having lost their last three games in a row and they have scored just 108 points in their last two games. The offense continues to struggle and they have now averaged just 61.5 ppg (regulation) in their last eight games. That is not a good thing as they will be taking on one of the best defensive teams in the nation. KenPom has the Cougars ranked 137th in the nation and they have faced the 111th ranked schedule.
In their last game, they lost at home to California by a score of 66-57 and leading their attack in the contest was Tony Miller, who had 18 points while CJ Elleby had 13 points. The Cougars shot just 30% from the field overall, including 22% (5/23) from downtown. The defense played well as the allowed the Golden Bears to hit just 43% of their shots from the field overall, including 36% (5/14) from long range. They will need their defense to play well in this one as the offense doesn't figure to have a good game. Washington State has averaged 72.7 ppg and they have allowed 65.0 ppg here at home for the year.
Washington State enters this game ranked 222nd in the nation in scoring at 69.7 ppg, 337th in field goal percentage at 39.8%, 284th in three-point shooting at 31.2% and 113th in free-throw shooting at 72.7%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 148th in points allowed at 68.4 ppg, 284th in defensive FG% at 45.0% and 97th in three-point defense at 31.4%.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Stanford is:
- The favorite is 8-3-2 ATS the last 13 games in this series
Washington State is:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600