Washington-Stanford Betting Preview: Will the Huskies Bounce Back?

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Photo credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Washington Huskies guard Matisse Thybulle

Sunday represents the last day before college basketball conference tournaments begin.

March Madness has officially arrived.

Let’s take a look at an important battle in the Pac-12 with Washington facing Stanford.

Which team is worthy of your backing? Let’s find out.

Betting Odds: Washington Huskies at Stanford Cardinal 

  • Spread: Washington -2
  • Over/Under: 135
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2

>> All odds as of 10 a.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and live win probabilities on your bets.

Washington (22-6) is coming off a shocking 76-72 loss at California. The Huskies still sit comfortably in first place in the Pac-12, holding a 3.5-game lead over Arizona State. The Huskies are 16-10-1 against-the-spread (ATS), including 5-3 on the road in conference.

Stanford (15-13) is 8-8 in conference and has lost two of its last three games. The Cardinal lost 80-64 at Washington on Jan. 17. They are 12-13-2 overall ATS, including 7-4 at home.

The loss to California was a wake-up call for Washington. The Huskies have been the best team in the Pac-12 all season, with conference ranks of third in adjusted offensive efficiency and first in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Their half-court zone defense is suffocating, as illustrated by their conference-best steal and block percentages. Washington also holds opponents to a microscopic 31.7% from beyond the arc.

Stanford has struggled to find consistency on offense all season. The Cardinal rank 267th in 3P% and 276th from the free throw line. They are also average on the glass, ranking fifth in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounding percentage. Scoring consistently against Washington’s zone defense without strong rebounding and 3-point shooting is very difficult.

Defensively, Stanford ranks ninth in the conference in defending 3s. Opponents have averaged 36.7% from beyond the arc in conference play, and the Huskies hit 42.9% (6-of-14) of their 3s in their first meeting.

Stanford is also one of the most turnover-prone teams in the country, ranking 315th with an average of 15.2 per game.

Washington will bring its best effort after the California loss. It’s difficult for any team to beat Washington without quality rebounding and shooting from beyond the arc. Lay the two points and enjoy the Huskies’ bounceback.

THE PICK: Washington -2

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