Oregon State Beavers vs. Radford Highlanders - 3/19/14 CBI First Round
Radford Highlanders (21-12) at Oregon State Beavers (16-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers -16 -- Over/Under: 153.5 See the Latest Odds
The Radford Highlanders and Oregon State Beavers will play Wednesday night in a CBI first round matchup. Radford finished third in the Big South with a 21-12 record, while Oregon State finished 10th in the Pac-12 with a 16-15 record.
Radford is primarily an offensive team that averages 75.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. The Highlanders have four players averaging at least 10.5 points, while junior forward Javonte Green leads Radford with 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Radford shoots 69.6 percent from the free throw line and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Highlanders allow 74.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Radford is 2-3 ATS overall this season.
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Oregon State shouldn’t have a problem matching that offensive production considering the Beavers average 75.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting. The Beavers are led by one of the best scorers in the Pac-12 with senior Roberto Nelson, who averages 20.5 points. Oregon State shoots 69.6 percent from the free throw line and 39.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, the Beavers allow 75 points on 44.5 percent shooting. In fact, the Beavers have allowed 80-plus points in four of their last 10 games. Oregon State is 15-12-1 ATS overall on the season.
The Highlanders are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Beavers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
While Oregon State is the better team and has shown at times that it’s capable of taking that next step, the Beavers still get sloppy with the ball and average 13.5 turnovers per game. That’s not the recipe for a blowout win over Radford, a team that takes care of the ball and shoots a high percentage.
Oregon State wins SU, but the Highlanders will cover this insanely high number.