Oregon State vs. Tulsa - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-3) at Oregon State Beavers (7-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12 Networks; National & Oregon RSN
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Oregon State Beavers face off in the Far West Classic Invitational this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-3 (0-0 American) on the season after defeating the Missouri State Bears, 70-61, this past Sunday. Tulsa was outstanding defensively as they held Missouri State to 31.7% shooting from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc. Tulsa shot 43.1% from the field, 25.0% (6-24) from three-point range, and 72.7% (8-11) from the FT line. Tulsa committed 12 turnovers and had 15 assists in the victory. Leading the way for Tulsa was James Woodard who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Golden Hurricane have been led by Shaquille Harrison (18.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), James Woodard (16.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Marquel Curtis (8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 76.1 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 7.1 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
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The Oregon State Beavers improved to 7-2 (0-0 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 82-69, last night. Oregon State had a solid 44-32 lead at halftime and had a double-digit lead throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Oregon State shot 48.1% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc. The Beavers held the Titans to 42.3% shooing from the field and 39.1% shooting from three-point range. Oregon State outrebounded Cal State Fullerton by a 38-32 margin and forced the Titans to commit 11 turnovers. Leading the way for Oregon State was Gary Payton II who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. On the season, the Beavers have been led by Gary Payton II (16.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.7 spg), Tres Tinkle (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 spg), and Drew Eubanks (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg). Prior to last night’s game, Oregon State was averaging 73.0 ppg on 45.3% shooting and 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Beavers average 7.5 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.16. Defensively, Oregon State is holding their opponents to 66.3 ppg on 39.5% shooting. The Beavers have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin -0.1.
The Golden Hurricane are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. PAC-12 opponents. The Beavers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
This will be one of the better matchups in the Far West Classic as Tulsa has one of the best backcourts in college basketball in James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison while Oregon State has a great defense and one of the best point guards in the country in Gary Payton II. Tulsa is a solid team that can force turnovers however, as Oregon State will be playing basically a home game and they should have better success down low, I think Gary Payton II can neutralize Woodard and Harrison and that the Beavers cover this small spread. Take Oregon State to cover.