Oregon State vs. Utah - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Utah Runnin' Utes (16-14) at Oregon State Beavers (17-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 138
The Utah Utes and Oregon State Beavers meet Wednesday in the college basketball PAC-12 Tournament at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Utah Utes need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Utah Utes are averaging 71 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Timmy Allen is averaging 17.5 points and three assists while Both Gach is averaging 11 points and 3.7 rebounds. Rylan Jones is grabbing 2.9 rebounds and Riley Battin is dishing 1.3 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes haven’t won a non-home game since December 18.
The Oregon State Beavers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Oregon State Beavers are averaging 71.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Tres Tinkle is averaging 18.4 points and 3.2 assists while Ethan Thompson is averaging 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Kylor Kelley is the third double-digit scorer and Alfred Hollins is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Oregon State Beavers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon State Beavers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Oregon State Beavers have lost four straight non-home games.
The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The home team cruised in both meetings this season, and while Oregon State has probably been the better and more consistent team overall, you can argue Utah has played the better basketball over the last week or so. Utah is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep in its last five games, while Oregon State is losing its last five games by an average of 4.2 points and is just 6-8 against the spread in non-home games. Utah is 4-2 against the spread when an underdog of less than five points this season. This game could go either way in a battle between two middle of the road Pac-12 teams, but I'm leaning toward the Utes and the free bucket.