Oregon State vs. Valparaiso - 11/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (5-1) at Oregon State Beavers (4-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12 Networks
The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to Gill Coliseum to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Valparaiso Crusaders gave the 25th ranked Oregon Ducks all they could handle but ended up losing 73-67 this past Sunday which dropped them to an 5-1 (0-0 Horizon) record on the season. Valparaiso was able to take a 35-33 lead into halftime but allowed Oregon to go on a 12-2 run midway through the 2nd half and couldn’t make a comeback late in the game. Valparaiso shot 43.3% from the field but had trouble getting to the FT line as they shot only six free-throws in the entire game. The Crusaders allowed the Dukes to shoot 44.8% from the field and was outrebounded by Oregon by a 38-31 margin. Leading the way for Valparaiso was Tevonn Walker who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Crusaders have been led by Alec Peters (15.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tevonn Walker (11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg), and Keith Carter (9.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Valparaiso is averaging 75.5 ppg on 46.9% shooting. The Crusaders are averaging 13.5 assists per game and are shooting 72.3% from the FT line. Defensively, Valparaiso is holding their opponents to an average of 55.3 ppg on 34.5% shooting. The Crusaders currently have a turnover margin of 2.3 and have a rebound margin of 7.7.
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The Oregon State Beavers stayed undefeated and improved to 4-0 (0-0 PAC 12) on the season after defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 71-59, this past Saturday. Oregon State used a 7-0 run to end the 1st half with a 43-35 lead and forced UC Santa Barbara to shoot just 27% from the field in the 2nd half. Oregon State shot 43.6% from the field and an incredible 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc. The Beavers held the Gauchos to just 33.8% shooting from the field and 18.8% (4-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Oregon State was Gary Payton II who went 8 for 13 from the field for 21 points while grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. On the season, Oregon State has been led by Gary Payton II (17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 3.8 spg), Drew Eubanks (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Tres Tinkle (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Offensively, Oregon State is averaging 78.8 ppg on 48.7% shooting. The Beavers are averaging 17.8 assists per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 63.3 ppg on 36.1% shooting. The Beavers are averaging 8.3 steals per game and have a rebound margin of 3.0.
The Crusaders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Beavers are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 home games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
Valparaiso is by far and away the best team in the Horizon this season and although they did lose to Oregon in their last game, the Crusaders showed why no team in the country can overlook them. Oregon State has the best player on the floor in Gary Payton II who has had a monster start to his season and so far has gotten great contributions from freshman Drew Eubanks. Oregon State is tough place to play, but I think Valparaiso will be able to use their strong defense to contain Gary Payton II and force the Beavers into a tough offensive night. I’m take Valparaiso and the points in this one and won’t be surprised if Valparaiso wins this one. Take Valparaiso and the points.