Expect a defensive struggle when the Stanford Cardinal (6-4) go head-to-head with the San Francisco Dons (11-1) at War Memorial Gymnasium. The game will air on Pac-12 Network at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.
Stanford Cardinal at San Francisco Dons ATS Odds
Both teams had no trouble getting past their last opponent. The Dons defeated the UC Davis Aggies 76-42, while the Cardinal beat the Seattle Redhawks 96-74.
Stanford played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.482 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.616. Seattle recorded marks of 0.188 and 0.484, respectively, for those same stats. The Dons, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 vs. 13.5) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.574 vs. 0.304). Jordan Ratinho had a good game for San Francisco, putting up 14 points. Stanford received a boost from KZ Okpala, who finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Cardinal won the sole game between these two teams last year, 71-59. Stanford had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.570 vs. 0.339). San Francisco, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (11.6 vs. 26.0). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, this will be a balanced matchup. The upper-echelon San Francisco offense ranks 33rd in the nation in that metric at 0.559, while the stingy Stanford defense is ranked 45th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.455). Furthermore, the Cardinal rank 267th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.2 percent), while the Dons rank first in defensive rebounding percentage (80.1 percent).
Stanford vs. San Francisco Odds Pick
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – San Francisco, ATS Winner – Stanford, O/U – Over
- San Francisco averages 41.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 17th in the nation. Stanford ranks 173rd in rebounds allowed per game (37.4).
- The Cardinal rank 31st in blocks per game (4.7) while the Dons rank 108th (3.1).
- Stanford is ninth in the nation with 9.3 assists allowed per game while San Francisco is 13th with 9.8 assists allowed per game.
- The Dons rank 10th in steals allowed per game (4.3) while the Cardinal rank 145th (8.1).
- Stanford ranks first in three pointers allowed per game (15.0) while San Francisco ranks 79th (21.0).
- The Cardinal have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Stanford has defeated opponents by an average of 1.8 points.
- During their last five games, the Dons have scored an average of 80.4 points per game (1.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 51.0 points per game (7.3 below their season average).