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Utah vs Oregon State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
Runnin’ Utes vs Beavers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Utah Runnin’ Utes at Oregon State Beavers
- Where: Corvallis at Gill Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: Utah -8, UTAH -382 | OREGST +293 O/U 129.5
Runnin’ Utes Preview:
Utah heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-7. So far, the Runnin’ Utes have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. This season, Utah has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 11-4. For today’s contest, Utah has a betting line set -8 points in their favor.
Branden Carlson comes into today’s game as the Runnin’ Utes’ leading scorer at 16.95 points per contest. Not only has Carlson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Utah’s top rebounder at 7.55 boards per contest. Behind Carlson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gabe Madsen, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 36.2% of his shots and is adding 2.9 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Utah this season, as they are currently ranked 247th in college basketball at 69.7 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 Runnin’ Utes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 289th in the NCAA.
Oregon State heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-12. So far this season, Oregon State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. For the season, Oregon State has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 2-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Beavers being +8 point underdogs.
Oregon State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Pope who is averaging 12.35 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 46.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.55 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 +8
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Utah Runnin’ Utes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -8. However, we anticipate Oregon State putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Runnin’ Utes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Beavers to cover.