Portland Pilots vs. Oregon State Beavers - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oregon State Beavers (4-2) at Portland Pilots (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oregon State Beavers will face off against the Portland Pilots as the Chiles Center this Saturday night.
The Oregon State Beavers snapped a two game losing streak with a 74-50 victory over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils this past Wednesday night. It was a tough off-season for the Beavers as they loss the majority of their talent to either graduation or the NBA. First Year Head Coach, Wayne Tinkle, will be trying to get the Oregon State program back on track, and although he had a strong recruiting class coming in for the 15-16 season, the current squad could be in for a long season once they finish their non-conference schedule. On the season, the Beavers have been led by Gary Payton II (14.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.3 spg, 1.7 bpg), Langston Morris-Walker (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Olaf Schaftenaar (9.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, the Beavers are shooting an impressive 46.1% from the field (ranked 96th), however, have had trouble putting points on the scoreboard as they are averaging 67.3ppg (ranked 195th). Oregon State has been awful at the free throw line as they are currently only shooting 64.1% from the charity stripe which ranks 278th in the country. Defensively, the Beavers have been strong as they are holding their opponents to 57.5 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 96th).
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The Portland Pilots improved to 6-1 on the season with a 83-71 victory over the Portland State Vikings this past Wednesday night. The Pilots used a big first half to take a commanding 17 point lead and were led by Alec Wintering who had 27 points (7-12 FG; 11-13 FTM-A), 3 rebounds, and 6 assists. Also chipping for the Pilots was Thomas Van Der Mars who was a perfect 9-9 from the field on way to a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Portland returned 4 of their starters from last year squad and on the season have been led by Kevin Bailey (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Alec Wintering (11.9 ppg, 1.6 reb, 4.7 apg). Portland’s backcourt will be the strength of their team this season. Portland has been a very good offensive team this year as currently they are averaging 72.6 ppg (ranked 107th) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 91st), while pulling done 38.9 rpg (ranked 69th) and dishing out 16.6 apg (ranked 27th).
The Beavers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Pilots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
Portland has an experienced team and is looking like they could be one of the better teams in the WCC this season. Oregon State has 4 wins on the season, however, haven’t beaten any inside the top 100 RPI rankings. I like what I’ve seen from Portland early on in the season and I think they run away with this one in front of their home crowd. Take the Pilots covering this mid-range spread.