Arizona Wildcats (9-3) at Oregon State Beavers (5-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +8 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon State Beavers meet in college basketball action from Gill Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Arizona Wildcats will try to add to their 9-3 mark on the year after an 81-76 loss at home to UCLA last time out. James Akinjo leads the Wildcats in scoring and assists with 13.9 PPG and 5.4 APG while Jemari Baker Jr. has 12 PPG but will miss the remainder of the season with a hand injury. Azuolas Tubelis has 10.5 PPG to go along with a team-high 5.9 RPG while Bennedict Mathurin has 10.4 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Arizona coming into this game. Jordan Brown is just outside of that group with 9.8 PPG and 5.7 RPG this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 78.5 PPG on 44.3% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.9 PPG on 41.6% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season.
The Oregon State Wildcats will be out to rebound from an 81-71 loss to Stanford in their last game to drop to 5-4 on the year. Ethan Thompson leads the Beavers in scoring and assists with an average of 16.3 PPG and 4 APG while Jarod Lucas has 12.3 PPG to make up the duo of double-digit scorers for Oregon State coming into this matchup with Arizona. Warith Alatishe has 9.7 PPG and a team-high 8.9 RPG while Zach Reichle has 9 PPG with 3.8 APG this season. As a team, Oregon State is averaging 75.9 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field, 36.6% from 3-point range and 74% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.1 PPG on 41.4% shooting from the field and 29.1% from 3-point range this season.
Arizona is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Oregon State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.
I think it probably goes without saying that Arizona is the better overall team here, and being 9-3 you could probably make the case for Arizona to be favored on the road. However, the Wildcats have been favored in each of their last three games and have failed to cover in any of them and they were all in this same range or lower. I know Oregon State hasn’t been great this year, but this just feels like a lot of points to give up when Arizona hasn’t been able to cover the numbers as it is. I’ll take my chances with Oregon State and the points in this one.