College Basketball Picks: Oregon State Beavers vs. Arizona Wildcats

Oregon State Beavers vs. Arizona Wildcats
Sunday, 2/9/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -14.5
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -15
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats have won 29 of their last 30 meetings against the Oregon State Beavers at the McKale Center
The Arizona Wildcats have won 29 of their last 30 meetings against the Oregon State Beavers at the McKale Center

Oregon State is .500 through the first 10 games of Pac-12 Conference play for just the second time since 1993, as it looks to bounce back from a 86-82 overtime loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils as seven-point road underdogs Thursday.  The Beavers lead the conference in shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Offensively, the team has two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Roberto Nelson leading the charge at 22.0 points a contest.  Oregon State is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

The Beavers are 20-56 SU all-time against the Wildcats, including a 6-30 mark when meeting up in Tucson.  Oregon State has dropped 29 of its last 30 games at the McKale Center, including the last five by an average of 16.8 points.  Oregon State is searching for its first true road win over a top-five team.  Nelson is the sixth player in school history to reach the 1,500-point mark in his career.

Arizona bounced back from its first defeat of the 2013-14 campaign, as it picked up a 67-65 victory over the Oregon Ducks as 12-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDEr the betting total for a fifth consecutive affair.  The Wildcats are 35-7 SU in conference play when playing at this venue under current head coach Sean Miller—a statistic that can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Arizona is 5-6 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats are definitely one of the best defensive teams in the country, as they rank fifth nationally in allowing just 57.2 points per game, while sitting behind just six teams in  limiting opponents to 37.8 percent shooting from the field.  Arizona has employed a balanced attack on the offensive end all year, as it has had at least four double-figure scorers in 14 of 23 contests.  All eyes will be on senior guard Nick Johnson, who leads the squad in scoring 16.2 points a game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to the home team being 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series.

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