Arizona (14-4) at Oregon State (9-9)
Game Info: Thursday, January 25th, 2024 at 11 p.m. EST (Gill Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Arizona -18.5 (-115) - Over/Under (149.5)
Pick: Arizona -18.5 (-115)
On Thursday night two teams from the West Coast and the Pacific-12 conference will face off. As the nationally ranked Arizona Wildcats travel north to the Pacific Northwest to play the Oregon State Beavers in this one. Both of these teams will look to pick up a solid win throughout this game on Thursday night as they look too add a résumé building victory to their record heading into the end of January. These two teams are heading into very different directions coming into this game on Thursday night and they will look to get things either going in the right direction or stay in the right direction with a quality performance here in Corvallis.
Coming into the season, Arizona was projected to be one of the best teams in the country, and despite a few setbacks along the way they have lived up to those expectations. They come into this game ranked inside of the top 10 in the country and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Thursday night on the road in Corvallis against Oregon State. Arizona has assembled a pretty solid roster through recruiting and the transfer portal and this year they have an opportunity to go all the way and win a national championship as long as they can remain healthy and consistent throughout the year.
Arizona comes into this game with 14 victories through their first 18 games of the season and they will look for a 15th win of the year here on Thursday night on the road against Oregon State. Arizona has found plenty of success within conference play throughout the first couple weeks as they come into this game as winners of five out of their first seven conference games on the season. They are favored by 16 1/2 points at the moment, much like they have been in the majority of their games this season as they have been overwhelming favorites, regardless of competition throughout the year. They’ve been a little bit vulnerable on the road in conference. Play this season as both of their losses in conference play have come away from home against Stanford and Washington State. That is something they will look to avoid throughout this game against Oregon State on Thursday.
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It has been a roller coaster of a season for Oregon State and they come into this game with a massive opportunity to put a résumé building block on their record this season. They come into this game, sitting exactly at the .500 mark through their first 18 games of the regular season and they will look to break the double digit win barrier with a quality performance here on Thursday night at home against the Arizona Wildcats. They have been unable to put any type of momentum together this season, and they come into this game on a losing streak after a slow start to conference play, and they will look to get things going in the right direction with a quality performance here at home against one of the top teams in the country.
Oregon State comes into this game on a lengthy losing streak, and they will look to get things going in the right direction with a solid performance here at home on Thursday night as they look to get their season turned around midway through January. This would be a massive résumé building victory for Oregon State as it would put them one step closer to potentially making the NCAA tournament if they can finish the year on a strong note. Conference play has not been favorable to Oregon State as they have lost six out of their first seven conference games this year, and they are in desperate need a conference victory to keep themselves out of the basement heading into the end of January.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Oregon State is 1-9 as an underdog
- Arizona is 13-4 as a favorite
- Arizona is 5-2 in the conference
Despite Arizona having troubles on the road throughout conference play, and with both of their conference losses coming on the road, I don’t see them having much of a problem throughout this game on Thursday night. As I look for Arizona to pick up a pretty comfortable victory over Oregon State here in this one and cover the spread in the process on Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. I look for the Arizona Wildcats to jump out to an early lead in this game and pick up a comfortable victory at the final buzzer over the Oregon State Beavers here in this one.
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