Arizona visits Oregon State in a Pac-12 matchup. Arizona is coming off a surprising and disappointing loss to Washington State at home, while Oregon State’s lost three straight games, with the latest coming to Colorado. This should be an interesting matchup because both teams need to rebound. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Arizona vs. Oregon State Odds
Arizona is a 15.5-point road favorite against Oregon State, but there are no money line odds just yet. The over/under is also set at 143.5. Arizona being favored by this much makes sense, even on the road because they’ve been one of the best teams in college basketball this year. The over/under also makes sense because Arizona is very good on offense, and will force Oregon State to play at their pace.
Arizona vs. Oregon State Prediction & Pick
The pick: Arizona -15.5
Arizona is in need of a rebound after how they looked last week in a come from behind win against Washing and then a demoralizing loss to Washington State. The Wildcats will go as far as Azuolas Tubelis can carry them this year. He leads them in scoring, rebounding, and steals. He also might be the best big man in the entire country. Oumar Ballo is the next big man that’s a vital piece to the Wildcats this year. He’s second on the team in scoring and rebounding and leads in blocks. Kerr Kriisa and Pelle Larsson are next in line for production in scoring and Kriisa also leads the team in assists.
As a team, the Wildcats excel on the offensive side of the ball. They are 3rd in the country in assists at 20 per game and 5th in scoring at 86 points per game. They are also one of the best rebounding teams in the country too and are 3rd at 42 rebounds per game.
On the other side, Oregon State has really struggled this year. They are lead by Jordan Pope who leads the Beavers in scoring and assists at the point guard spot. Glenn Taylor Jr. and Dexter Akanno are right behind Pope in scoring production. Dzmitry Ryuny is next in scoring, but he also leads the Beavers in rebounds, steals, and blocks.
As a team, they’ve been decent on defense, but have had real struggles scoring this year and have been bad at offense as a whole this year.
Arizona should be able to win easily in this game, even though it’s on the road. Arizona has too much firepower, and should pull away from the Beavers easily and not look back.
Arizona vs. Oregon State Key Matchups
Can Dzmitry Ryuny matchup with Azuolas Tubelis? Can Kerr Kriisa matchup with Jordan Pope?
Azuolas Tubelis vs Dzmitry Ryuny
Azuolas Tubelis has been one of the best players in all of college basketball this year. He averages 21 points, 2 assists, and 9 rebounds on the year. He’ll be matched up against Dzmitry Ryuny who averages 6 points, 1 assist, and 5 rebounds on the year. This should be an interesting matchup because Tubelis is better on offense, but Ryuny is the better defender. This should be one of the better matchups in this game because of how important each player is to their teams.
Jordan Pope vs Kerr Kriisa
Jordan Pope has been very good for Oregon State this year. He averages 12 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds on the year. He’ll be matched up against Kerr Kriisa who averages 11 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds on the year. This should be an interesting matchup because Pope has been the best player for the Beavers this year and Kriisa has been up and down for the Wildcats. Point guard is always the most important position in basketball and this matchup just proves that even more. Kerr Kriisa can show a lot here too if he plays well against Jordan Pope.