OR vs. Arizona State - 3/9/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tricia Pearson
March 9, 2017

Any concern that the Wildcats would struggle without star guard Allonzo Trier in the lineup was forgotten when Allen went coast-to-coast for the game-winning shot against Michigan State on the opening day of the college hoops season.

On the season, Stanford basketball is averaging 69.1 points, 34.6 rebounds and 13.3 assists per game.

UCLA Basketball Head Coach Steve Alford talked about the possibility of Leaf returning to the court in the Pac-12 Tournament and looks like he should ready to go.

"We will take the approach we always do; we will go down and swing away", Altman said. They played against a team that couldn't miss. Watch for SC to get a fairly easy win and build some momentum as a dark horse in the tournament.

Arizona State moves on to play No. 5 OR in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The fifth-seeded Bears pulled it out behind Bird and a strong second half by Ivan Rabb.

The 6-foot-7 junior led the Ducks with 16.0 points per game to rank ninth in the conference.

Research conducted in 2011 by FiveThirtyEight found that teams playing closer to home than their opponents enjoy a significant advantage in the NCAA Tournament. Because the Ducks routed Arizona 85-58 on February 4 at home, OR gets the top seed in the tournament and a first-round bye. "But, I mean, Utah's a great team, and like I said before, we're looking forward to the challenge". They lost to by one point to OR in Eugene last month.

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A loss to the Beavers (5-27) would have certainly been costly. Which was actually a higher percentage than from the free-throw line (58.3%). "They hit back-to-back 3s there, and we had a stretch where we missed six out of eight free throws". Or you can let it, you know, take you the other direction, and these guys never did that. You can't let that happen.

While there are a lot of teams that need to post several wins within the Pac-12 tournament bracket, it is the Oregon Ducks that enter as the favorites to win the conference championship game.

While UCLA and OR have been grabbing numerous headlines out of the Pac-12 this season, Arizona was right up there with them in the standings at 27-4 SU and 15-15-1 ATS, and split its season series against both teams.

Arguably the biggest surprise of the game for the Bears was the scoring contribution from redshirt senior Stephen Domingo, who at one point led all scorers with seven points in the first 12 minutes. The Sun Devils got a tip-in with two seconds left to close within one point before the Ducks ran out the clock. The Sun Devils led by up 14, but Travis led Stanford back, scoring 15 points to pull the Cardinal within 50-42 at halftime. "I've worked so hard to get to this point". "There are some things we have to shore up, but we're healthy, our guys are playing well together". OR will look to follow up the regular-season title with a tournament championship for the second consecutive year. "Anybody that hasn't seen him play is missing something because he's special, and he showed why he's special tonight in the second half".

Or the committee could decide that UCLA, with two wins over both Arizona and OR, plus a victory at Kentucky, is more deserving than Gonzaga despite the disparity in non-conference SOS. "We just didn't knock down some shots that we needed to", Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.

Washington State's season is finished.

The No. 3 Bruins (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12) have already done more than enough to secure a ticket to the Big Dance, but their performance in the conference tourney could play a significant role in determining how deep into March - or early April - they play.

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