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Arizona vs Oregon State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Beavers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Arizona Wildcats at Oregon State Beavers
- Where: Corvallis at Gill Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: Arizona -14.5, ARZ -1430 | OREGST +800 O/U 143.5
Through 16 games, the Arizona Wildcats have an overall record of 14-2. So far, the Wildcats have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 3-1. This season, Arizona has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 14-2. For today’s contest, Arizona has a betting line set -14.5 points in their favor.
Azuolas Tubelis comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 20.56 points per contest. Not only has Tubelis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Arizona’s top rebounder at 9.12 boards per contest. Behind Tubelis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Oumar Ballo, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.81 points per game. Overall, he has hit 67.3% of his shots and is adding 8.94 boards per game.
Arizona comes into today’s matchup vs Oregon State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 84.6 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 49.6% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 247th in possessions per game.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Arizona, the Oregon State Beavers will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 7-9. So far this season, Oregon State has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-1. For the season, Oregon State has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Beavers being +14.5 point underdogs.
Oregon State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Pope who is averaging 12.31 points per game for the Beavers. Pope is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Beavers’ offensive game plan is the play of Glenn Taylor Jr. who has hit 44.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.44 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Oregon State this season, as they are currently ranked 296th in college basketball at 68.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Beavers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 371st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Oregon State Beavers +14.5
Our analysis of the matchup between the Oregon State Beavers and Arizona Wildcats shows that Oregon State will cover the spread as +14.5 point underdogs. We feel that the spread for this game is set too high, creating an opportunity for Oregon State to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Beavers are a good candidate to keep the final score closer than predicted. In these scenarios, the better team’s pace of play can be a major factor in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are near the NCAA average, Oregon State won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Oregon State Beavers at +14.5.
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