Arizona at Oregon State: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Oregon State Beavers (5-4) vs Arizona Wildcats (9-3)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm (Gill Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Oregon State Beavers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Arizona Wildcats will travel to Gill Coliseum to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Arizona Wildcats lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-3 on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers, 81-76, this past Saturday. Arizona struggled defensively against UCLA and could not fight back after the Bruins took a 62-54 lead with 10:34 left in regulation. Arizona shot 43.1% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc while UCLA shot 49.0% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc. Arizona outrebounded UCLA by a 33-32 margin and committed 9 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was James Akinjo who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Arizona is averaging 78.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona has been led by James Akinjo (13.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Jemari Baker Jr. (12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Azuolas Tubelis (10.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg), & Bennedict Mathurin (10.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 9.6 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Oregon State Beavers have had their last two games postponed due to Covid-19 protocols and come into this game with an overall record of 5-4 after being defeated by the Stanford Cardinal, 81-71, on January 4th. Oregon State struggled defensively against Stanford and could not fight back after a 17-4 Cardinal run gave Stanford a 77-64 lead with 2:11 left in regulation. Oregon State shot 34.8% from the field and 32.4% from beyond the arc while Stanford shot 51.9% from the field and 223.1% from beyond the arc. Oregon State was outrebounded by Stanford by a 43-31 margin and committed 7 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Beavers was Jarod Lucas who had 22 points & 1 rebound.
On the season, Oregon State is averaging 75.9 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Beavers are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Ethan Thompson (16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg), Jarod Lucas (12.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), Warith Alatishe (9.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), & Zach Reichle (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.8 apg).
Defensively, Oregon State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Beavers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Beavers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.
Arizona has lost their last two games, both at home, and the Wildcats didn't get great news after their last loss as they found out that Jemari Baker Jr. is now out for the season due to a wrist injury. Oregon State is certainly not going to be a great PAC-12 team this season, however, they do have a outstanding player in Ethan Thompson and as the Wildcats are coming into this game with a bunch of questions and a defense that has allowed 80+ points in their last three games, I think Oregon State will be able to do enough with the points to cover. Good Luck!