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Oregon State vs. Fresno State - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fresno State Bulldogs (2-2) at Oregon State Beavers (2-3)

College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)

The Line: Oregon State Beavers -2 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to Gill Coliseum to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Fresno State Bulldogs dropped to 2-2 on the season after being defeated by the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners, 71-63, this past Tuesday. CSU Bakersfield used an 18-6 run early in the 2nd half to build a 55-35 lead and was able to hold the Bulldogs off late for the victory. Fresno State shot just 16.7% (2-12) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Roadrunners by a 43-31 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jaron Hopkins who had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Fresno State is averaging 73.3 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Jaron Hopkins (15.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg), Paul Watson (14.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 spg), Cullen Russo (12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg), and Jahmel Taylor (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Fresno State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Fresno State has been one of the best teams in the country in creating turnovers as they rank T-9th in College Basketball with 10.5 spg.

Oregon State vs. Fresno State - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oregon State Beavers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 75-64, this past Tuesday. Oregon State struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after being down by a 37-22 margin at halftime. Oregon allowed Tulsa to shoot 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Golden Hurricane by a 38-23 margin. Leading the way for the Beavers was Tres Tinkle who had 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Oregon State is averaging just 66.4 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Beavers average 3.8 three-pointers per game on 26.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Tres Tinkle (18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Drew Eubanks (12.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.0 bpg), Jaquori McLaughlin (10.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Stephen Thompson Jr. (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 36.8% shooting. The Beavers have really struggled with turnovers on the young season as they currently have a turnover margin of -5.4.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Beavers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs Mountain West opponents and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Oregon State has had trouble finding offense early on in the season and although Gill Stadium is usually a very tough place to play for opponents, the Beavers have already suffered a shocking loss at home against the Lamar Cardinals.  Fresno State should be one of the better teams in the Mountain West this season and as the Bulldogs should be able to force a ton of turnovers against the turnover-prone Beavers, I’m taking Fresno State and the points in this one. 

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