Offense meets defense when the Arizona Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Pac-12) visit Stanford to take on the Cardinal (16-8, 5-6 Pac-12). Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Arizona Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal Odds Preview
In the Wildcats’ last contest, they defeated the California Golden Bears, 68-52. Zeke Nnaji was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Arizona played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.231 (below their season average of 0.268) and a turnover percentage of 14.2 (worse than their season average of 13.9). For those same stats, California was 0.073 and 20.2, respectively.
The Cardinal are hoping for a better outcome after their 74-69 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in their last game. Tyrell Terry was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Arizona State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.6 (above their season average of 26.5). Stanford, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.220 (above their season average of 0.213).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Wildcats won both games played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Arizona won 70-54. The Wildcats played a flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.492. For those same stats, the Cardinal recorded marks of 20.6 and 0.434, respectively.
Points could be at a premium in this matchup between a pair of the NCAA’s top defenses. Stanford ranks ninth in defensive efficiency (89.2) and Arizona is 34th (93.0). Moreover, the Wildcats commit the 19th-fewest errors in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of the Cardinal causes the 27th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.2 percent).
Arizona at Stanford Free Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Stanford, ATS Winner – Stanford, O/U – Over
The Wildcats rank 75th in rebounds per game (37.6) while the Cardinal rank 131st in rebounds allowed per game (34.5).
Arizona ranks 22nd in assists per game (15.8) while Stanford ranks 137th (13.2).
The Wildcats rank fifth in steals allowed per game (4.3) while the Cardinal rank 110th (6.4).
Arizona ranks 49th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Stanford ranks 129th (3.6).
The Cardinal have been outscored by an average of 3.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Stanford has defeated opponents by an average of 9.1 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (9.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (1.7 below their season average).