Utah Utes vs Oregon State Beavers Prediction, 2/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Oregon State Beavers
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-2.5)
The Oregon State Beavers (10-10) host the Utah Utes (9-8) at Gill Coliseum on Thursday. Utah opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 137.
Utah comes into this matchup with a record of 9-8 for the campaign. The Utes are connecting on 33.7% on three-point attempts (110 of 326) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 70.6 pts per contest (199th in Division 1) while shooting 45.9% from the field. They are turning it over 12.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, Utah is pulling in 31.9 boards per game and is sitting with 253 assists this year, which has them ranked 146th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Utes have forced 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. The Utes defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.7% (416 of 952) and they relinquish 34.1 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 178th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 229 surrendered for the season. They are giving up 35.8% on 3-pointers while they are 98th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (67.5).
The Utah Utes faced off with the Stanford Cardinal and took a loss by a final of 73-66 in their last contest. Utah wrapped up the contest having earned a 42.6% FG percentage (23 of 54) and converted 6 of their 23 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Utes made 14 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. When talking about getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 30 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 9 assists in the matchup as well as having 5 steals and 3 blocks. With respect to the defense, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 42.6% from the field on 23 of 54 shooting. Stanford distributed 19 dimes and had 8 steals in the game. On top of that, the Cardinal snagged 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Stanford walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 3 of their 9 tries. They also made 8 of their 18 shots from 3-point range.
Timmy Allen is a guy who was a major contributor for this game. He finished with 18 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He played 35 mins and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Allen finished the contest at 55.6% from the floor and earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Utes was Alfonso Plummer. He collected 2 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He shot 35.7% from the floor for the game by going 5-of-14 (14 points). Overall, Plummer was on the court for 34 minutes.
Oregon State has a record of 10-10 so far this year. Oregon State has scored 1,416 points on the season (70.8 per game) and they collect 35.3 boards per contest. The Beavers commit 19.6 personal fouls every game and they shoot 75.2% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Beavers are connecting on 42.2% from the floor, which is ranked 275th in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.2 times per game (69th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 11.3 times per game. The Beavers defensively are ranked 149th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 69.2. They are able to force 12.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the field (170th in college hoops). The Oregon State defense concedes 30.2% on 3-point shots (123 of 407) and their opponents are connecting on 70.6% of their free throw shots. They have given up 13.1 assists and 35.4 boards per contest, ranking them 179th and 194th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the Oregon State Beavers went home defeated by a final of 75-73 against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Beavers pulled down 24 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this game. They also rejected 6 shots while earning 3 steals for the matchup. The Sun Devils had 20 fouls in this contest which took the Beavers to the free throw line for 22 tries. They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 72.7%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, Oregon State converted 7 of 19 tries (36.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Beavers finished shooting 25 for 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.9%. The Beavers allowed the Sun Devils to make 23 out of 54 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.6% in this contest. They finished 26.7% from three-point range by connecting on 4 of 15 and finished the game at 25 of 34 from the free throw line (73.5%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Oregon State permitted Arizona State to pull down 28 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Ethan Thompson was important for the Beavers for the matchup. He converted 5 out of 10 for this contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which got him 18 points. Thompson collected 4 boards in his 33 minutes and added 4 dimes in the game. One more player that was pivotal for Oregon State was Jarod Lucas. He ended up with 15 points in his 31 minutes played by going 5 of 14 shooting in this matchup. Lucas walked away from this one going 35.7% from the floor as well as earning 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-2.5)
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