Oregon State at Colorado: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Buffaloes (22-7) vs Oregon State Beavers (16-12)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -8.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Oregon State Beavers and 23rd ranked Colorado Buffaloes will square off at T-Mobile Arena in the Pac-12 Championship this Saturday night.
The 5-seed Oregon State Beavers (16-12) advanced to the Pac-12 Championship after upsetting the 1-seed Oregon Ducks, 75-64, on Friday. Oregon State did a great job on the defensive end against the talented Ducks offense and was able to hold off Oregon for the victory after taking a 55-36 lead with 13:02 left in regulation. Oregon State shot 50.0% from the field and 52.6% from beyond the arc while Oregon shot 41.8% from the field and 24.0% from beyond the arc. Oregon State lost the turnover battle by a 16-9 margin, however, did outrebound Oregon by a 38-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Beavers was Ethan Thompson who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Oregon State is averaging 70.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Beavers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Ethan Thompson (15.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Jarod Lucas (12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), Warith Alatishe (9.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), & Zach Reichle (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Beavers have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Colorado Buffaloes (22-7) advanced to the Pac-12 Championship after defeating the 2-seed USC Trojans, 72-70, on Friday. Colorado allowed USC to fight back and tie the game late after holding a 68-56 lead with 3:54 left in regulation, however, the Buffaloes were able to hang onto the victory after D’Shawn Schwartz putback a game-winning rebound dunk with just 3.3 seconds left in regulation. Colorado shot 42.6% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while USC shot 51.9% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc. Colorado outrebounded USC by a 37-29 margin while both the Buffaloes and Trojans had 11 turnovers each. Leading the way for the Buffaloes with McKinley Wright IV who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 74.1 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jeriah Horne (11.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Evan Battey (10.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), & D’Shawn Schwartz (8.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Beavers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Oregon State continued their incredible run in the Pac-12 Championship with their impressive win against Oregon and have been led this season by their defense which currently ranks 113th in scoring defense. Colorado has been one of the better teams in the Pac-12 throughout the season and come into this game ranked 24th in scoring defense & 58th in rebound margin. Colorado won both games against Oregon State this season, however, the Buffaloes have a tendency to play to the level of their competition when they are not at home and as the Beavers have a great guard that should match up well with Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV, I think the play here is to take Oregon State and the points. Good Luck!