Rice vs. Oregon State - 11/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oregon State Beavers (1-0) at Rice Owls (0-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Autry Court)
The Line: Rice Owls +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: American Sports Network
The Oregon State Beavers will travel to Tudor Fieldhouse to take on the Rice Owls this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Oregon State Beavers improved to 2-0 (0-0 Pac-12) on the young season after a convincing 93-73 victory against the Iona Gaels this past Tuesday. Oregon State got off to a much better start against the Gaels than they did against the D-II Northwest Christin Beacons as they had a comfortable 41-29 lead at halftime. The Beavers shot an impressive 50.8% from the field and outrebounded the Gaels by a 45-31 margin in the victory. Oregon State has 6 players score double-digits in the win and was led by Gary Payton II who had 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Also contributing in the win was Drew Eubanks who had 19 points, 5 rebounds and Stephen Thompson Jr. who had 16 points off the bench. On the season, Oregon State has been led by Drew Eubanks (16.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Gary Payton II (14.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 3.5 spg), and Tres Tinkle (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Offensively, Oregon State has done well protecting the ball as they have a turnover margin of plus 5.5, however they’ll look to improve their FT shooting as they are currently shooting just 61.0% from the line. Defensively, the Beavers are averaging 9.5 spg and are holding teams to just 33.6% shooting from the field.
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The Rice Owls dropped to 0-2 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the San Francisco Dons 80-54 this past Monday. Rice had a difficult test to open the season going against the 14th ranked California Bears which they lost 97-65, but couldn’t put together much of a better effort against San Francisco as they found themselves down by 19 at halftime and couldn’t make a run to get back into in the 2nd half. Rice struggled defensively in the loss they allowed San Francisco to shoot 50.8% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc. The Owls shoot just 18.2% from the field and was outrebounded by the Dons by a 45-33 margin. Leading the way for Rice was Egor Koulechov who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the Owls have been led by Egor Koulechov (17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Marcus Evans (16.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Rice really has done anything impressive on either side of the court this season as through their first two games they have a scoring margin of -29.0. Offensively, the Owls are currently shooting 35.2% and average just 6.5 apg. Defensively, Rice is allowing their opponents to shoot 50.8% and currently have a rebound margin of minus 15.
The Beavers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. C-USA opponents and 40-18-2 ATS in their last 60 non-conference games. The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss however just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Pac-12.
Rice suffered a tough injury losing their leader Marcus Jackson in the pre-season and look lost both offensively and defensively without him. Oregon State should be able to surprise some teams in the Pac-12 and have a legitimate shot of making the NCAA tournament with Gary Payton II leading the way. I think Oregon State runs away with this one and easily covers this spread.