Oregon State vs. Utah - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (9-3) at Oregon State Beavers (9-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Networks; Mountain, Oregon and National Feeds
The Utah Utes will travel to Gill Coliseum to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The Utah Utes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-3 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks, 66-56, this past Friday. Utah was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 5-0 run gave the Utes a 64-56 lead with 1:00 left in regulation. Utah held Oregon to 41.3% shooting from the field and 37.0% (10-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was Tyler Rawson who had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Utah is averaging 76.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by David Collette (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Justin Bibbins (12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Tyler Rawson (11.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 bpg), and Donnie Tillman (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
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The Oregon State Beavers improved to 9-4 (1-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes, 76-57, this past Friday. Oregon State used a 10-0 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 32-23 lead and cruised to victory after taking a 60-37 lead with 9:38 left in regulation. Oregon State held Colorado to 34.5% shooting from the field and 28.05 (7-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Beavers was Tres Tinkle who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, Oregon State is averaging 76.1 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Beavers are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Tres Tinkle (18.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Stephen Thompson Jr. (16.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Drew Eubanks (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg), and Ethan Thompson (10.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.5 apg). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Beavers have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Utes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Pac-12 opponents however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Beavers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Pac-12 opponents.
Utah was outstanding in the 2nd half against Oregon on both ends of the court and has been led by their defense this season that ranks T-71st in scoring defense and 56th in defensive FG%. Oregon State has won 7 of their last 8 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Beavers rank 152nd in scoring offense and 117th in scoring defense. Utah looked great in a tough road environment against Oregon, however, I like how the Beavers are playing right now and as I think that Tres Tinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr., and Drew Eubanks will do enough on the offensive end to cover with the points. Take Oregon State.