Oregon State at No. 18 Arizona
Time: 8:30 PM CT (PAC 12 Network)
Spread: ARI -11
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The Arizona Wildcats are 16-5 and in 4th place in the Pac-12. It will host conference foe Oregon State at 8:30 Central time on the Pac-12 network. College basketball oddsmakers favor Arizona by 11 points in the game.
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Arizona comes in as losers of its past two games to California and Oregon. It fell to Cal by one point, and lost to Oregon 83-75. In the loss to the Ducks, Arizona had its home win streak of 49 games snapped. The Wildcats got 22 points and 10 boards from forward Ryan Anderson and guard Gabe York had 18 points, two assists and two rebounds.
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Anderson leads Arizona in both points (15.3 per game) and rebounds (10 per), and he has really blossomed in this, his senior season. The 6’9” forward is shooting a career high 58.2 percent from the field while attempting about the same number of shots he did his junior season last year at Boston College. Anderson has scored in double figures in all but two games this season, and Arizona is 1-1 in such games. The Wildcats are 4-2 when he scores 18 points or more in the game.
Alonzo Trier and Gabe York each average over 14 points per game for Arizona as well. York is a 6’3” senior guard who has finally seen his role fully unravelled in his final year at Arizona. Last year he saw just 23 minutes a game, but this year is playing 32.7 minutes while shooting 43.5 percent from three point range.
Trier is a 6’4” freshman guard who assuredly will make the All-Freshman Pac-12 team. He is shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 35.1 percent on 3.6 threes attempted per game. Trier, though, has sat out Arizona’s last five games. He has suffered a broken hand and there is no timetable on his return. Arizona said he has “worked tirelessly every day” and that “hopefully he will be able to rejoin us at some point this season.” But there is nothing concrete surrounding the return of Arizona’s second-leading scorer.
The Oregon State Beavers are 12-7 but come in as losers of four of its past five games. The most recent was a 86-68 loss to Arizona State on Friday night. Drew Eubanks and Tres Tinkle each scored 12 points and Langston Morris-Walker added another 12 off the bench.
Oregon State’s top player is Gary Payton II. The NBA legend’s son is averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while also dishing out 5.4 assists per night. He is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 27 percent from three. Payton nearly vanished in the loss to Arizona State, as he shot just 1 of 7 from the field for two points, and seven assists. He has had 15 boards in two of the past five games, and against Colorado he shot 8 of 20 from the floor for 26 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.
While Payton may not have much help, he seems pretty comfortable and skilled at doing just about everything as it is. Tinkle contributes 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, but the Beavers are very much a team predicated upon the greatness of Payton. Outside of Payton and Tinkle, no other Beavers average double-figures nor does any other Beaver get five-plus boards per game.
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