Nevada vs. Oregon State - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oregon State Beavers (2-1) at Nevada Wolf Pack (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Lawlor Events Center)
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Oregon State Beavers will travel to the Lawlor Events Center to take on the Nevada Wolfpack this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Oregon State Beavers fell to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the Lamar Cardinals, 63-60, this past Wednesday. Oregon State struggled throughout the game with protecting the basketball and couldn’t get the victory despite holding Lamar to just 28.2% shooting from the field. Oregon State shot 48.9% from the field however, committed 27 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Beavers was Drew Eubanks who had a double-double with 17 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 2 steals. Offensively, Oregon State is averaging 70.0 ppg early in the season and has been led by Tres Tinkle (18.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg), Drew Eubanks (14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.7 bpg), Jaquori McLaughlin (13.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Stephen Thompson Jr. (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 spg). Oregon State lost one of the better point guards in the country from last season in Gary Payton II (16.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.0 apg) and has really struggled with turnovers in the their first three games as they are averaging 21 turnovers per game. Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 61.7 ppg on 31.3% shooting.
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The Nevada Wolfpack improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the Loyola-Marymount Lions, 79-64, this past Monday. Nevada was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and had little trouble securing the win after taking a 35-26 halftime lead. Nevada shot 56.3% from the field and outrebounded the Lions by a 34-28 margin. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Elijah Foster who had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Offensively, Nevada is averaging 71.0 ppg on 51.6% shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wolfpack on the season has been Marcus Marshall (21.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), Cameron Oliver (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), D.J. Fenner (12.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Elijah Foster (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Defensively, Nevada is allowing their opponents to average 72.5 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field.
The Beavers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss however, are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wolfpack are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Oregon State must be disappointed with their recent loss to Lamar, however, the Beavers will be a tough team to face this season with Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks leading the way. Nevada won a surprising 24 games last season and although they lost two key players in Marqueze Coleman (15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Tyron Criswell (13.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg), have some key starters returning in Cameron Oliver and D.J. Fenner and has a great scorer in Missouri State transfer Marcus Marshall. Nevada is going to be a very good team in the Mountain West this season however, if Oregon State can limit their turnovers, I think they have enough talent to cover with the points in this one. Take Oregon State and the points.