Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
- Colorado has won seven of its last nine as it prepares to host Oregon State in a Pac-12 game at 7 pm ET Monday
- Colorado senior point guard McKinley Wright IV is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award
- Check the odds, analysis and our betting prediction below
Colorado (14-5, 8-4 Pac-12) and Oregon State (10-7, 6-5 Pac-12) were originally scheduled to meet in Boulder on Jan. 9, but that game was postponed because of Covid issues in the Oregon State program.
The shoe-horning of this game into the conference schedule means that, starting with victories for each last Saturday, Colorado will play four games in eight days and Oregon State will play four in nine.
Oregon State vs Colorado Odds
|Oregon State Beavers||+700||+12.5 (-115)||Over 138.5 (-105)|
|Colorado Buffaloes||-1100||-12.5 (-105)||Under 138.5 (-114)|
Odds from FanDuel on Feb. 7th.
This is the final game of Colorado’s four-game homestand, a homestand that was shortened from five when the Arizona State game last week was postponed due to Covid. The Buffaloes are a 12.5-point favorite in this matchup, in a game that features a total of 138.5.
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Colorado and Its Two Troubling Recent Trends
Colorado, which has a -3.8 rebound margin this season, has been out-rebounded in each of its last four games, and has failed to hold big leads in its last two. The Buffs could not hold a 19-point advantage in a 77-74 home loss to Utah on Jan. 30, being outscored 31-9 in the final nine minutes. They lost all of a 17-point lead against Arizona before recovering in an 82-79 victory Saturday.
Buffaloes’ 6-8 freshman forward Jabari Walker did not play against Arizona because of a left foot injury that will keep him sidelined “at least another couple of weeks,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said after the game. “I don’t think it’s season ending.” Walker is averaging 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds (third on the team) while shooting 54 percent from the field.
21 points from Evan Battey ties a career-high as he knocks down all 7 at the line, including 4 straight late and went 7/7 from the field in the #CUBuffs win over Arizona. Heart of a Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/cCv9zLwx0o
— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) February 7, 2021
Colorado junior center Evan Battey suffered a left ankle injury when his leg bent awkwardly as he was fouled with 15.3 seconds remaining in the Arizona game. Battey was visibly limping, and in tears, as he made the two free throws that gave the Buffaloes’ their final margin. The injury is not considered serious, but the quick turnaround time makes it worth checking.
Oregon State 6-7 forward Warith Alatishe, a transfer from Nicholls State, is averaging 8.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. He is second in the league in rebounding and has seven 10-rebound games.
By the Numbers
Oregon State has won five of its last seven, including back-to-back upset victories over USC at home and Oregon on the road. The Beavers are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven after pushing in a 68-66 victory over Washington State on Saturday. They are 7-4-1 against the number in conference play.
Oregon State is 1-3 on the road in Pac-12 games, 2-2 against the spread. The total is 8-4 in their conference games. Because of covid issues, the Beavers have benefitted from a home-heavy schedule that has included 13 home games. They play six of their next eight on the road.
When @_ethanthompson5 found out he ranks in the Top 10 in career points at Oregon State 🥺🥺@Pac12Network x @AdamsonAshley x @WearItSnake pic.twitter.com/BocTeG0jO5
— Oregon State Hoops (@BeaverMBB) February 7, 2021
Colorado, 6-1 in Pac-12 home games, is 10-5 as a favorite this season and has won three of five. But the Buffaloes are 1-4 against the spread in those last five, all as a favorite. The over is 8-6 in their contests in league play.
Led by guard Ethan Thompson (16.1 points, 4.1 assists), Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in assists (16.1 per game), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48:1), and three-point field goal defense (.293 percent). Colorado meanwhile, is second in turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Basketball Hall of Fame Narrows Watch List for 2021 Bob Cousy Award. #CousyAward
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— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) January 25, 2021
Ignored in the polls, Colorado is 18th in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency margin and 10th in adjusted offensive efficiency, tops in the Pac-12. Oregon State is 116th in adjusted efficiency margin, 10th in the league. Colorado is No. 18 in the NCAA NET rankings.
Free Throw Shooters on Both Teams Are Hard to Rattle
Colorado and Oregon State are 1-2 in the Pac-12 in free throw shooting. The Buffaloes have made 83.74 percent, first in NCAA Division I and are on pace to set a national record. Harvard set the record (82.2 percent) in 1983-84.
Oregon State has made 76.6 percent, which is 28th in Division I. Beavers’ guard Jarod Lucas has made 59-of-64 free throws, 92.2 percent, and teammate Zach Reichle has made 37-of-44, 84.1 percent.
Jarod Lucas says “you can expect a lot of big things” from Oregon State for the rest of the year. “We’re starting to gel. Everything’s starting to come into place.”
Full interview: https://t.co/owiZk8s54S@BeaverMBB @jarodlucash @BeavRecruiting @_ethanthompson5 @giannihunt pic.twitter.com/R8hnZq72vZ
— Zach “🅂🄲🄷🅄🅉” Schumaker (@_SchuZ_) February 4, 2021
Battey, who made four in the final 15.3 seconds against Arizona, has made 68-of-79, 87.1 percent and is one of four starters shooting at least 83 percent from the line.
Pick: Oregon State +12.5 (-115)
Jack has covered college and professional sports for various Arizona media outlets and has written for the AP, USA Today and Baseball America, among others. He staffed the 2015-17 World Series and has staffed four Super Bowls.