Stanford vs Texas Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 18 (Defense Reigns Supreme at American Airlines Center)

Larry Rupp
Stanford vs Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Stanford vs Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Stephen Spillman
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Stanford vs Texas Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Stanford Cardinal (4-6) vs. No. 7 Texas Longhorns (8-1)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Venue: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a thrilling matchup between the Stanford Cardinal and No. 7 Texas Longhorns. Stanford took care of business in a 85-40 win over Green Bay on Friday. 12 Cardinal players drained a bucket as the team shot 54.1% from the floor.

Meanwhile, Texas avoided a scare in an 87-81 overtime win against Rice on Monday. Marcus Carr stepped up with 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while Brock Cunningham added 10 rebounds off the bench. The Longhorns' ability to get to the free throw line (18-of-27) made a crucial difference.

Stanford vs Texas Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: STAN: (+450) | TEXAS: (-630)
Spread: STAN: +10.5 (-110) | TEXAS: -10.5 (-110)
Total: 133.5 —Over: (-106) | Under: (-114)

Texas enters this contest as clear favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 1 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points, which is about average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Stanford vs Texas Prediction & Pick

Texas enters this game on almost a full week of rest, while Stanford played on Friday night. However, no Cardinal starter was on the court for more than 20 minutes. A blowout win has kept head coach Jerod Haase's players with fresh legs. This Dallas crowd will still be rooting for the Longhorns, though.

Stanford only rosters one player averaging over 10.0 points per game and now has to face a Texas defense that allows just 60.0 points per game (T-No. 16 in NCAA). Without an elite scorer, it's hard to see the Cardinal keeping up. The Longhorns average a solid 81.8 points per game (No. 14 in NCAA).

Stanford is 1-8 straight up in its last nine games against a Big 12 opponent, so I'll back Texas here.

Final Score Prediction: Stanford: 60 | Texas: 70

Stanford vs Texas Betting Trends

- Stanford is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games on a Sunday.
- The total has hit the under in four of Stanford's last five games.
- Texas is 4-1 straight up in its last five games against Stanford.
- The total has hit the over in four of Texas' last five games against Stanford.

Stanford vs Texas Best Bet

These teams are a combined 8-11 against the spread (ATS) this season, which makes the idea of backing either one risky. Shifting gears to the point total is the better option. These teams thrive at contesting shots as Texas ranks seventh in defensive efficiency and Stanford checks in 43rd in 2022.

Defensive stops means less points and makes the under the way to go. The total has hit the under in four of Stanford's last five games as well as in six of Texas' last seven games against a Pac-12 opponent. When these teams met head-to-head in 2021, only 113 total points were put on the board.

Bet: Under 133.5 Points (-114)

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