The Stanford Cardinal look to stop the late-season run of the Massachusetts Minutemen Tuesday, as bettors focus on the NIT semi final odds at Madison Square Garden.
The third-seeded Cardinal face the surprising No. 5 seeded UMass team. And they are favored by two points at most online sportsbooks, including SBG Global.
Stanford is vulnerable as a small favorite however. In eight recent games as a favorite of 2 or less, they are just 1-7 ATS.
The Cardinal sport records of 24-11 and 17-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Minutemen have 25-11 and 19-13-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 18-14 for the Cardinal and 19-13-1 for the Minutemen.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinal rated this week at No. 49 and the Minutemen sitting at No. 58. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 79-76 result in favor of the Cardinal.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Minutemen is ranked No. 12 in NCAA hoops at 39.3 per game. Contrast that with Stanford’s No. 63 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Stanford is the No. 105-ranked team in the country at 6.9 per game, while Massachusetts rates No. 37 at 7.9 per game.
Defensively, Massachusetts features the nation's No. 286-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.9 points per game. Stanford, meanwhile, comes in at No. 105 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Massachusetts, they were a 72-70 winner as they battled Drexel on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. The Minutemen grabbed a 72-70 win over the Dragons on Tuesday, behind a 20-point effort from Chaz Williams at John A. Daskalakis Center.
Stanford won its last outing, an 84-56 result against Nevada on March 21. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. The battle between the Cardinal and Wolf Pack didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Nevada was handed an 84-56 defeat on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion.