The Pac-12 Conference Tournament battle between the Utah Runnin’ Utes (16-14, 7-11 Pac-12) and the Oregon State Beavers (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12) will be played at T-Mobile Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 135.5 points with Oregon State opening as a 2.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs. Oregon State Beavers ATS Preview
The Runnin’ Utes won a close one over the Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing, 74-72, despite being 3-point underdogs. Both Gach was the game’s high scorer with 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting. The Runnin’ Utes knocked down 16 of their 19 free throws (84.2 percent) and held the Buffaloes to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.8 (below their season average of 31.1). The two teams combined to put up 146 points, which finished over the O/U total of 136.5.
In the Beavers’ previous matchup, they easily covered the 9-point spread against the California Golden Bears, 74-56. With 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting, Tres Tinkle was the game’s leading scorer. Oregon State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 15.7) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.528 (above their season average of 0.513). For those same stats, California put up marks of 22.3 and 0.413, respectively. The two squads combined to score 130 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 128.
A focal point for the Oregon State offense is getting to the free throw line. The Beavers rank 13th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.294), but Utah is among the best in the nation at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 21st by yielding a FTA rate of 0.167).
Of Utah’s 30 games, 15 have finished over the projected point total, while 18 of Oregon State’s 30 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have decent straight up (SU) records (16-14 for Utah; 17-13 for Oregon State), but the Beavers have the edge against the spread (ATS). Oregon State is 17-13 ATS, while the Runnin’ Utes are 15-15.
Utah Runnin’ Utes vs. Oregon State Beavers Odds Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Oregon State, ATS Winner – Oregon State, O/U – Over
The Runnin’ Utes rank 186th in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while the Beavers rank 249th (18.7).
Oregon State ranks 18th in blocks per game (4.9) while Utah ranks 168th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
The Beavers average 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 48th in the NCAA. The Runnin’ Utes rank 175th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
Utah ranks 127th in rebounds per game (35.9) while Oregon State ranks 250th (33.0).
Oregon State is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its past five games, Utah is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Beavers have been outscored by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Oregon State has defeated opponents by an average of 3.6 points.
During their last five games, the Runnin’ Utes have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (0.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.4 points per game (2.1 above their season average).