Stanford forward Jaiden Delaire, center, attempts a shot between Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan, left, and guard Dale Bonner, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)
The Colorado Buffaloes are 5.5-point home favorites over the Stanford Cardinal in an NCAA men’s basketball game scheduled for Sunday, November 28
It’s the opening game of the Pac-12 Conference schedule
Stanford hasn’t won at Colorado since 2012
In 118 years of college basketball, the Colorado Buffaloes had never played a conference game in November. When the Buffaloes play host to the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday in their Pac-12 Conference opener, that will all change.
The November conference games are a requirement now with the Pac-12 schedule increased to 20 games. Both the Buffaloes (5-1) and Cardinal (4-2) are off to solid starts to the 2021-22 NCAA season.
It’s the hometown Buffaloes who oddsmakers are setting as the 5.5-point favorites over the Cardinal in this game. Stanford has lost seven in a row straight up at Colorado.
Stanford vs Colorado Odds
O 133.5 (-115)
U 133.5 (-105)
Odds as of November 26th at FanDuel.
Tipoff for Sunday’s game at the CU Events Center is 7pm ET. The Pac-12 Network is carrying the broadcast.
Colorado Buffaloes Betting Trends
Colorado enjoys the taste of home cooking. The Buffaloes have won their last three home games. They are scoring an average of 90.3 points and surrendering only 70.7 points per game.
Redshirt sophomore guard Keeshawn Barthelemy is leading the Buffs in scoring. He’s averaging 15.3 points per game. Barthelemy is also 11-for-19 (57.8%) from 3-point range.
2-1 in the islands 🏝
🎥 Highlights vs. Brown
— Colorado Men’s Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) November 23, 2021
Sophomore forward Jabari Walker is netting 14.2 ppg while pulling down a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Redshirt senior forward Evan Battey is avergaing 13.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Battey is 19 points shy of becoming the 38th Buffs player to score at least 1,000 points in his career.
The Buffaloes are also experts at drawing fouls. Colorado is averaging 26.5 free-throw attempts per game. That ranks #5 among NCAA Division I schools.
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Stanford Cardinal Betting Trends
While Colorado is unbeaten at home, Stanford is winless on the road this season (0-2). Experts are expecting it to be a long year for Stanford. The Cardinal were rated to finish ninth in the conference in preseason Pac-12 predictions.
Senior forward Jaiden Delaire, last season’s Pac-12 Most Improved Player, is averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Harrison Ingram is one of the top first-year players in the Pac-12. He’s putting up 12.7 ppg and cleaning the glass for 7.5 rpg. Both totals lead the team.
Harrison Ingram (@Harrisoniingram) With Another Nice Double Double Performance In The @StanfordMBB Win Last Night! #brkfstclb pic.twitter.com/2875SaCw3G
— Zak Buncik (@CoachBuncik) November 24, 2021
Ingram is also draining 37.5% of his 3-point field goals (6-of-16). He’s 5-of-14 from beyond the arc in the last three games. As well, the rookie is hitting 78.3% of his free throws.
The Cardinal still seem to be sorting through their roster in search of an identity. They’ve started eight different players through their six games this season. In Stanford’s last game, a 79-65 verdict over North Carolina A&T, the Cardinal bench contributed 42 points. Stanford also fares well on the boards. The Cardinal show a per-game rebound advantage of 10.2.
Cardinal vs Buffaloes Prediction
The Buffaloes have won two straight, three of four and 11 of 13 games from the Cardinal. The last win by Stanford at Colorado was a 74-50 verdict on February 23, 2012. Colorado is 4-6 SU all-time in Pac-12 openers.
KemPom rates Colorado highly both with and without the ball. The Buffaloes are #58 in adjusted offensive efficiency (107.7) and #71 in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Buffs are also 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage (37.4).
Back home in 24 hours 🦬#GoBuffs pic.twitter.com/Ybj4VVrsyj
— Colorado Men’s Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) November 28, 2021
Stanford ranks well defensively with KenPom. The Cardinal are #58 in ADI (94.4). At either end of the court, Stanford excels at both grabbing and preventing offensive rebounds. The Cardinal rank #18 at KenPm in attacking (37.8) and defending (20.8) offensive rebounding percentage. They are holding opponents to 28.3 rebounds per game, which is the best among Pac-12 schools.
Stanford is 1-5 against the spread this season, including an 0-1 slate when an underdog of 5.5 or more points. The Cardinal are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.
Colorado is 1-5 ATS this season and 1-7 through the past eight games. The Buffaloes are 1-5 ATS in their past five home games.
During the seven-game home winning streak against the Cardinal, the Buffs show an average margin of victory of 12.57 points. They’ve covered the 5.5-point spread set for this game in all seven of those games.
Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -5.5 (-110).