College Basketball Picks: Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins

Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins
Sunday, 3/2/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  UCLA -13.5
Current Betting Line:  UCLA -13
Opening Total:  150.5
Current Total:  150.5
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The UCLA Bruins are 5-1 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points this season
The UCLA Bruins are 5-1 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points this season

Oregon State has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to build off a 76-66 road victory over the USC Trojans last Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total of 146.  The Beavers are now focused on trying to sweep the Bruins for the first time since 1988, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball betting picks.  Senior guard Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 Conference in scoring, as he enters averaging 20.6 points a contest.  Oregon State is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 to 15 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Bears are 36-89 SU all-time in this series, including a dismal 7-50 record when playing in Southern California.  Oregon State did manage to pick up a 71-67 home victory over UCLA on Super Bowl Sunday, with five players finishing in double figures.  The team has out-rebounded 12 of its 15 conference foes this season, while it has compiled a 14-1 SU record when shooting a higher percentage than all of its opponents during the 2013-14 campaign.

UCLA will close out its regular season schedule at Pauley Pavilion, as it attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 87-83 overtime setback to the Oregon Ducks as 3.5-point home favorites.  The Bruins played that affair without the services of starters Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson—both are expected to return to the floor in this affair.    The team has scored at least 75 points in each of its last 16 home games—the longest active streak among Division I programs.  UCLA is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points this season.

The Bruins are in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 standings, which has been made possible by ranking eighth in the country in averaging 82.9 points per game.  UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Adams has scored in double figures in 24 of the team’s 27 games this season.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 6-2 in the Bruins’ last eight home games.

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