Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Arizona vs. Oregon State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona vs. Oregon State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tres Tinkle scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Oregon State couldn't hold its lead at 17th-ranked Arizona on Thursday.

Since that loss to the Sun Devils on January 31, 2014, the Beavers have gone 113-21 overall.

"I probably have some responsibility for that because I just didn't quite maybe manage possessions better with the lead and try and go a little bit longer with a possession and move the ball a little bit more", head coach Bobby Hurley said after the game.

The Ducks' quickness, length and bounce shined through with how they stuck around in a game they only led for less than 90 seconds of the first half. Arizona, by comparison, is 72.7 per game, which ranks 196th in the country (and fifth in the Pac 12). Seniors Shannon Evans II and Tra Holder, meanwhile, combined to shoot 8-for-23 from the field. The Ducks face a tough road test at Arizona State and Arizona before returning home to meet USC and UCLA. Instead, Ira Lee's three-point play on a breakaway stuff and Trier's 3-pointer cut the lead to 22-21 with 3:11 to go, and neither team could score again before halftime.

That came through Oregon's guards, sophomore Payton Pritchard and junior Elijah Brown, who had 18 points apiece while the floor general Pritchard added six assists. Nowell carried Washington in the first half with 11 points and he got help from his supporting cast in the final 20 minutes.

The great equalizer, as always, is on the defensive end-with the Beavers ranking first in the Pac 12 in points allowed (68.6).

OR had a 38-31 rebounding advantage and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds to Arizona State's eight.

OR has not seen the Top 25 Rankings this season and according to Ken Pomeroy enter this week as the 65 best team. "They came in and worked their butts off (Tuesday) and they want to get better". Colorado is 10th nationally in rebounds with 44.93 per game.

The Beavers have followed that up with three straight Pac-12 regular-season titles, one Pac-12 tournament title, two trips to the Sweet 16 and a trip to the Final Four.

"It was a physical game".

Wildcats teammates Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins each sent McKale Memorial Center into a frenzy with incredibly dunks in the second half against Oregon State.

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