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Washington vs. Oregon State - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon State Beavers (15-15) at Washington Huskies (20-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Washington Huskies +1 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12

We have some opening round Pac-12 tournament action on Wednesday as the #10 seed Oregon State Beavers take on the #7 seed Washington Huskies in a college basketball matchup.

The Oregon State Beavers finished as the #10 seed in the Pac-12 tourney following a 7-11 conference mark as part of their 15-15 overall finish to the season. The Beavers showed some serious promise, starting 8-4, including a 6-game winning streak before entering conference play with a narrow 1-point loss to Kent State. The Beavers split their first 6 conference matchups before losing 4 straight and 7 of their next 9, and alternating wins and losses in their final 4 games of the season. Tres Tinkle was the star of the show for Oregon State, leading the Beavers with an average of 18 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Oregon State is scoring 74.1 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

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Washington vs. Oregon State - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Huskies finished the conference schedule with the #7 seed after a 10-8 mark in conference play as part of their 20-11 overall record this season. The Huskies got off to a strong start themselves, sitting at 10-3, including wins over Montana, Belmont and Eastern Washington with their most impressive victory coming on a neutral floor against Kansas. The Huskies started off by splitting their first 6 games as well, before rattling off 4 straight wins and following that with 3 straight losses. Washington closed out the year winning 3 of their last 5, but fell to Oregon in their regular season finale, losing the tiebreak in the process. Jaylen Nowell led Washington with an average of 16 points per game while Noah Dickerson led the Huskies in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game and David Crisp led the Huskies in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Washington is scoring 74.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

Oregon State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 neutral site games. Washington is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games while the under is 24-6 in their last 30 conference matchups. Oregon State is 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

In all honesty, I’m surprised to see Washington as an underdog here. Sure, Oregon State has improved over last season, but the Huskies have been one of the most improved in the Pac-12 and have some solid wins under their belt this season. Not to mention the Huskies have had some success ATS on a neutral floor and have had the bulk of the success ATS in this matchup, so I’ll take the free point with the better team and Washington here.

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