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Cougars open as college hoops underdog vs Beavers

Washington State CougarsOregon State Beavers
March 7, 3:10 PM | Staples Center

Washington State Cougars vs Oregon State Beavers Odds

15-15TEAM RECORD17-13

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Staples Center Wednesday as host Oregon State looks to handle the Washington State Cougars in NCAAB action.

It's a game in the Pac 12 Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at Staples Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Beavers bring a 17-13 record (12-13-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-15 Cougars, who are 13-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Oregon State go 16-10 so far and the Cougars go 13-15.

View Washington State vs Oregon State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Oregon State in this one will find them as 4.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Beavers, most recently No. 217 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 214 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 79-74 victory for the Beavers.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Oregon State's No. 154-rated squad against Washington State's No. 252-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Oregon State rates No. 147 in the country with 6.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 166 nationally with 6.2 per match.

Defensively, Washington State features the nation's No. 204-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.8 points per game. Oregon State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Washington State, they were a 43-38 winner as they battled USC on the road. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Trojans were burned for 27 points by Brock Motum on Saturday as the Cougars put another game in the win column, 43-38, at Galen Center.

Oregon State was an 83-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Colorado. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Oregon State earned an 83-69 victory over Colorado on Saturday, getting 18 points from Ahmad Starks at Gill Coliseum.

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing USC are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Oregon State Beavers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing Colorado are 4-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Cougars at Beavers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oregon State's last 18 games
Oregon State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Oregon State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington State
Oregon State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington State