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McKale Center Has Been Oregon State’s Nightmare

The Oregon State Beavers have been a largely mediocre basketball program for nearly 30 years and no place has provided more anguish for the team than the McKale Center. Oregon State has won just once in Tucson since 1983 and even that one victory came eight years ago. The Beavers will look to get the monkey off their back when they visit the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Arizona G Allonzo Trier has scored a combined 15 points in the last 2 games.
  • Arizona is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite of 15.0 or less.
  • Oregon State is 0-14 SU in its last 14 games on the road.

The Wildcats will surely come into this game with a chip on their shoulder after being upset by Colorado in their most recent outing. Defense was once again Arizona’s Achilles heel, as the team surrendered 80 points and allowed the Buffaloes to shoot 54.7 percent. Of course, all eyes will be on projected lottery pick Deandre Ayton, who has scored at least 23 points in four of the past five games.

Oregon State’s shift to a zone defense has helped them on the defensive end recently with the Beavers holding four of their past five opponents under 70 points. Controlling the boards will be the key to success for Oregon State facing off against the mammoth Ayton. The forward combination of Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks is good enough at collecting rebounds but the team still needs more consistency in that aspect from the frontcourt.  

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Arizona Wildcats opened as 15-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening OVER/UNDER total as well at MyBookie.

Oregon State Beavers vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona Wildcats battle the Oregon State Beavers, currently sitting with a 10-5 mark (5-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 10-6 for the Wildcats and 7-8 for the Beavers.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 21-ranked Wildcats and the No. 79-rated Beavers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Arizona's No. 101-rated squad against Oregon State's No. 146-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Arizona rates No. 170 in the country with 7.12 treys per game, while their foes tonight, the Beavers, rank No. 244 nationally with 5.67 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Beavers got 19 points from Tres Tinkle as Oregon State ran past Oregon 76-64 on Friday at Gill Coliseum.

The Wildcats wasted a 26-point performance from Deandre Ayton in losing to Colorado 80-77 on Saturday at Coors Events Center.

Betting Trends
  • Oregon State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Oregon State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oregon State's last 5 games
  • Oregon State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Arizona is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
  • Arizona is 8-13-3 ATS in its last 24 games at home
  • Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oregon State at Arizona State, Saturday, January 13
Arizona at Oregon, Saturday, January 13