College Basketball Odds: Stanford at Arizona State Spread, Preview & Public Picks Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Thursday, 14 February 2008 11:00
NCAAB Headline News

The Rising Cardinal

Unranked at the time, Stanford hasn't stopped rising since beating Arizona State last month. The Sun Devils, meanwhile, haven't recovered.

The seventh-ranked Cardinal (20-3, 9-2 Pac-10) try to win eight in a row for the first time in nearly four years Thursday when they travel to Tempe to face the slumping Sun Devils.

Oddsmakers from Bodog have made Stanford -3.5 point spread favorites (View College Basketball odds) for today’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 80% of bets for this game have been placed on Stanford –3.5 (View College Basketball bet percentages).

Stanford trailed Arizona State 30-20 at halftime at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 19, but scored 47 points in the second half en route to a 67-52 win over the then-No. 22 Sun Devils. Arizona State came into the game 4-0 in the Pac-10.

Forward Brook Lopez had 19 points - 14 after halftime - and 16 rebounds as Stanford held a 39-25 advantage on the boards.

"We played the second half," Cardinal coach Trent Johnson said after the win. "We struggled in the first half but we turned it up a notch and dominated the glass."

Stanford's victory ended the Sun Devils' 10-game winning streak and sent them into a tailspin. They dropped five straight and fell out of the Top 25 two weeks after they had entered the rankings for the first time since 1994-95.

The Cardinal, meanwhile, have shot from unranked prior to Jan. 21 to a top 10 team after seven consecutive victories. They haven't won eight straight since beginning the 2003-04 season 26-0.

Lopez, whose twin brother Robin is Stanford's second-leading rebounder, was ruled academically ineligible for the first semester and missed Stanford's first nine games. Since making his season debut Dec. 19, he's averaging 18.1 points.

Brook Lopez, though, wasn't at his best as Stanford beat Oregon and Oregon State last weekend. He averaged only 13.0 points in the victories and appeared to lose his cool in a 71-56 win over the Beavers on Saturday, committing seven turnovers.

"A little frustrated? He for the most part lost his composure,'' Johnson said. "I tried to calm him down. I hope he doesn't do it for a long time again.''

While Lopez is the team's go-to scorer, Mitch Johnson may be the Cardinal's most important all-around player. The junior point guard only averages 6.7 points, but is third in the Pac-10 with 4.7 assists, grabs 4.0 rebounds per game despite being only 6-foot-1 and has vastly improved his shooting percentage (45.0 percent) from last season (35.6).

"We're going to go as far as Mitch takes us,'' fellow guard Anthony Goods said.

Johnson leads Stanford in steals (19) and is part of a team that's among the nation's top 10 in scoring defense. The Cardinal yield just 56.9 points per game and have allowed only 53.8 in their past four contests.

Arizona State (15-7, 5-5) may have saved its season from spiraling out of control in its most recent game. After losing their previous two contests by an average of 23.5 points, the Sun Devils snapped their five-game skid Saturday with a 59-54 win at Arizona - their first victory in Tucson since 1995.

Jeff Pendergraph led the way with a career-high 29 points. The junior forward is the Pac-10's leader in field-goal percentage (61.3), but he averaged just 7.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting during the losing streak.

Pendergraph has often taken a back seat to freshman James Harden this season, but Harden has been inconsistent lately. The 18-year-old swingman had 26 points in a loss to USC on Feb. 2, but scored just nine against UCLA on Jan. 31 and only five against the Wildcats.

Harden is averaging 18.1 points and 5.0 rebounds on the season.

Stanford has won five in a row and 18 of its last 20 against Arizona State.

by: Staff Writers - Email Us

More NCAA College Basketball Coverage from

 - NCAA College Basketball teams
 - NCAA College Basketball standings
 - NCAA College Basketball schedule
 - NCAA College Basketball scoreboard
 - NCAA College Basketball injuries
 - NCAA College Basketball matchups
 - NCAA College Basketball stats
 - NCAA College Basketball odds
 - NCAA College Basketball public betting chart
 - NCAA College Basketball news wire
 - NCAA College Basketball top stories
 - NCAA College Basketball trends
 - AccuScore NCAA College Basketball predictions
 - Expert NCAA College Basketball picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for daily newsletter
 - NCAA College Basketball Home


NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

#1 843 Colorado State 86%
#2 854 Marquette 84%
#3 611 Illinois State 83%
#4 852 Minnesota 83%
#5 563 Richmond 82%
#6 827 Arizona 81%
#7 571 Hofstra 80%
#8 576 Missouri State 80%
#9 544 Kentucky 79%
#10 592 BYU 75%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAABB Futures

DUKE 15/2
SMU 33/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.