Colorado at Oregon State
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 5:30 PM (EDT)|
Las Vegas, NV
Oregon State Beavers - Pick-Em -- Over/Under: 140.5
The Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon State Beavers will square off at T-Mobile Arena this Thursday night in the Quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Men’s Tournament.
The 5-seed Colorado Buffaloes had more of a battle than expected in the 1st round of the Pac-12 Men’s Championship, however, were able to advance after defeating the 12-seed California Golden Bears, 56-51, on Wednesday. Colorado struggled a bit at the beginning of conference play as they started off with just a 2-6 record, however, Colorado entered post-season play as one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 as with their win agianst California, the Buffaloes have know won 9 of their last 11 games. Colorado was solid on both ends of the court this season as the Buffaloes come into this game ranked 113th in scoring offense, 76th in FG%, and 94th in scoring defense.
Coming into their game against California, Colorado was averaging 75.0 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes were averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by Tyler Bey (13.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg), McKinley Wright IV (13.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Shane Gatling (10.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Lucas Siewert (10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Colorado was holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes had a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Oregon State Beavers finished their regular season with an overall record of 18-12 and earned the 4-seed in the PAC-12 Men’s Championship with a conference record of 10-8. Oregon State was one of the more consistent teams in the Pac-12 this season and although they come into the Pac-12 Tournament losing 4 of their last 6 games, the Beavers are an experience club that have been solid on both ends of the court. Oregon State comes into this match-up ranked 140th in scoring offense, 60th in FG%, and 136th in scoring defense.
On the season, Oregon State is averaging 73.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Beavers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Tres Tinkle (20.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Stephen Thompson Jr. (16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Ethan Thompson (13.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.9 apg), and Kylor Kelley (7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.4 bpg).
Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Beavers have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
Oregon State defeated Colorado in their only match-up of the season as the Beavers won at Colorado by a 76-74 margin in late January.
The Buffaloes are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Beavers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
Colorado has been playing their best basketball of the season as of late, largely due to the emergence of Tyler Bey, however, the Buffaloes didn’t look outstanding agianst California in the 1st round and we do know that the Buffaloes generally don’t play that well away from Boulder. Oregon State has some great experience and players that I think will be able to do damage against the Buffaloes and if Oregon State was able to give Colorado a rare home loss this season, I think the Beavers do enough in this one to cover this pick-em. Good Luck!