NCAA Basketball: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at 10:00 P.M. on FS1 (Gill Coliseum)
Moneyline: Wildcats -195, Beavers +165
Over/Under: 144; Wildcats -4 (-195)
The #24 Arizona Wildcats head to Oregon to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a PAC-12 Division matchup. Arizona lost Thursday night 74-73 OT against Oregon, while Oregon State lost Saturday night 78-69 against Arizona State.
Arizona Remains In the Beaver State
The Wildcats remain on the road in Oregon, this time against Oregon State. In Thursday’s game against the Ducks, Arizona led by six points with just under two minutes to go. Then multiple turnovers and a missed free throw led the game to go into overtime. That loss marked their third loss against a top 10 team (Baylor, Gongaza), and they are now 1-1 in conference play.
Zeke Nnaji is the one to watch in this matchup. The freshman forward had a double-double in the Oregon OT loss, and has also recorded 4 double-doubles in the last 4 games. Freshman guard Nico Mannion is another player to look out for. The Italy-born player is averaging 14.7 points and 6 assists, and looks to be a potential top NBA draft pick.
If Arizona loses against Oregon State, they could drop out of the Top 25 AP rankings, due to their loss against Oregon. Arizona is currently 9th in the nation in field goal percentage (48.4) and 10th in PPG (82.4)
Beavers Host Another Arizona Team at Home
Like Arizona, Oregon State will have to host a team from the same state at home, after losing to Arizona State Friday 78-69.
Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle each scored 22 points and were a combined 7-for-10 from three-point range in the Sun Devils loss. Tinkle is the one to watch on the Beavers, as he is the team leader in points (19.9), rebounds (6.9) and steals (2.0). 7-foot forward Kylor Kelley leads the nation in blocks (4.27) and averages 11 points a game.
Expect the Wildcats to bounce back offensively and pull of a solid win at Oregon State. As mentioned above, Arizona is top 10 in the nation in FG percentage and PPG.
As for Oregon State, they have not done well in conference play. They are 1-2 in conference games and have given up at least 80 points in 2 of those 3 conference matchups. Therefore, I expect Arizona to win on the road to remain in the AP rankings.