You can catch this game on the Pac-12 Networks and can be streamed lie on the Pac-12 App and Pac-12.com. You can also listen to the WSU radio broadcast on tunein.com.
This is the lone matchup between these two teams this season, and both see this match-up as a reprieve from the stretch of conference play, as both WSU and Stanford are seen by most computer projections as the worst two teams in the league.
Is an upset tonight for WSU possible? Maybe! Stanford doesn't shoot particularly well. The Cardinal are last in Pac-12 in eFG (44%), the worst 3 point shooting team in the conference (29%) and 2nd worst in the conference at defending it (38%). Couple that with a team that slows the game down to a 65 possession game (11th in the conference), and you'll see a team that has probably squeaked out a few wins from limiting mistakes (3rd best TO rate in the league) and a little luck (opponents only shooting 65% from the FT line against them).
Stanford has four players who average more than ten points per game and is led by Senior Forward Rosco Allen and Junior Guard Marcus Allen. The two Allens (no relation) average a combined 27 points and 13 rebounds and are both adept at getting to the free throw line, both ranked nationally in free throw rate. It will be imperative for WSU to stay out of foul trouble to not let Stanford get out of Pullman with a win, particularly their front line, as Stanford has big forwards to spare.
The Cardinal are riding high coming off their biggest win of their season, taking down #11 Oregon 76-72 last Saturday. Rosco Allen had 25 points including 4/5 from behind the arc (going against everything I laid out previously) and Sophomore Guard Dorian Pickens added 16. Have the Cardinal found their shot or will percentages regress back to the mean when shooting at unfamiliar hoops in Pullman tonight?
The Cardinal currently have a 74 RPI ranking and KenPom's laptop has them at 112. Pomeroy predicts this game to be a virtual coin toss, with WSU winning 71-70 (!!!) with 52% confidence. Vegas currently has the coin flipping the other way, favoring Stanford by a point with an over/under of 141.
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