The Utah Utes jumped two spots to number nine in the AP Top 25 in the most recent ranks and today they will face the Oregon State Beavers who are 8.5-point home underdogs are the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
— Univ. of Utah Alumni (@UtahAlumni) February 16, 2015
On paper this is the easiest game for Utah this season. The Utes are 20-4 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-12 with the 10 victories coming by an average of 22 points. They face the offensively-challenged Beavers. Oregon ranks rank 313th in the country in points per game (61.9) and have scored over 60 points in only one of their last seven games. They shoot just 42.8 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from 3-point range, ranking them 216th and 256th, in the country, respectively.
Utah’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jordan Loveridge (F), Chris Reyes (F) Jakob Poeltl (F) Delon Wright (G), Brandon Taylor (G).
Oregon State’s Projected Starting Lineup: Daniel Gomis (F), Olaf Schaftenaar (F) Malcolm Duvivier (G) Langston Morris-Walker (G) Gary Payton II (G).
Analyzing The Utah Vs Oregon State Betting Line & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (9) Utah Utes at Oregon State Beavers
Date: Feb. 19, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 p.m. ET
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Stadium: Gill Coliseum
TV Info: PAC12
Stream: College Sports Live
Radio: Utah Vs Oregon State
Point Spread: Utah Utes -8.5
This is Utah’s 13th consecutive game versus a fellow Pac-12 opponent and they have gone 10-2 straight up in those games, and 9-3 against the spread. Oregon State will be playing their 14th game in a row against a conference opponent, posting a 7-6 straight up mark in those meetings and 5-8 against the spread.
Utah scores 74.3 points per game, 35th best in the nation, with the 5th best field goal percentage in College Basketball. They also allow 56.4 points per game, 10th best, and ranked 129th in rebounds and 40th in assists. Their top offensive threat is guard Delon Wright, who averages 14.3 PPG, and 52% from the field, along 4.5 rebounds.
The Utes beat Cal by 15 points on Sunday with 18 points from Jakob Poeltl, improving to 20-4 this season.
— Utah Basketball (@Runnin_Utes) February 16, 2015
"We weren’t doing a very good job of guarding them," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "This was the first time in a long time that they were scoring in the early phase of their offense and then when they did miss a shot, we got out-hustled to some 50-50 balls. We just didn’t have much energy and they were playing a heck of a lot harder offensively than we were defensively."
Oregon State is averages 61.6 PPG while allowing 54.5 PPG. They are 217th in field goal percentage, 205th in assists and 264th in rebounds per game. Gary Payton II is their best scorer with 13.1 PPG, adding 7.9 rebounds.
The Beavers are lost their second game in a row against USC with a 68-55 result, dropping to 2-9 away from home this season.
"We’ve got what we got," OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said tersely. "We’ve just got to rest up, get home and get ready for the next one."
Since 2012 Utah and Oregon State have met five times, with three wins for the Beavers and two for the Utes, but Utah is 3-2 ATS in the series. The Utes have won the last two in a row, including an 80-69 victory last year.
Utah is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road, 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road and the total has gone UNDER in 12 of Utah’s last 14 games on the road. Oregon State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games, 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games, the total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oregon State’s last 12 games and in 5 of Oregon State’s last 5 games at home.