Offense meets defense when the Oregon State Beavers (15-9, 5-7 Pac-12) welcome the No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes (19-6, 9-4 Pac-12) to Gill Coliseum. The game is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon State Beavers ATS Prediction
In the Buffaloes’ last outing, they were defeated by the No. 17 Oregon Ducks, 68-60. Oregon’s 0.197 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Colorado, who had a rate of 0.068. The Ducks’ mark was below their season average of 0.205, while the Buffaloes’ was below their season average of 0.303. Colorado’s Evan Battey played well, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Beavers won big over the Utah Runnin’ Utes in their last game, 70-51. The Beavers knocked down 14 of their 15 free throws (93.3 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (14.8 vs. 19.4). With 13 points and 11 assists, Oregon State’s Ethan Thompson had a solid performance.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the productive offense of Oregon State (42nd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 109.7) takes on the top-notch defense of Colorado (19th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 91.2).
This is the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Thompson scored a game-high 24 points and the Beavers beat the Buffaloes 76-68. He also had nine rebounds and five assists. The Beavers made 18 of their 21 free throws (85.7 percent) and had a much better turnover percentage (13.0 vs. 20.3).
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon State Beavers ATS Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Colorado, O/U – Over
Colorado ranks 79th in rebounds per game (37.3) while Oregon State ranks 229th (33.3).
The Buffaloes rank 45th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while the Beavers rank 159th (13.1).
Oregon State ranks 16th in blocks per game (5.2) while Colorado ranks 120th (3.1).
The Beavers rank 120th in steals per game (6.3) while the Buffaloes rank 192nd in steals allowed per game (7.5).
Colorado ranks 186th in three pointers attempted per game (21.0) while Oregon State ranks 254th (18.2).
The Buffaloes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.4, down from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Beavers have scored an average of 64.6 points per game (8.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (4.7 below their season average).