Add this Pac-12 Dog to Your NCAAB Picks at a Great Price

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:28 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 7:28 PM UTC

As you will see, we have great value in our underdog selection on Oregon St.  These teams met twice last season with Washington winning 86-62 and 87-71.

Oregon St. vs. Washington (-7) 9:00 ET PAC12 TV
Oregon St. travels to Washington for a PAC 12 battle at Bank of America Arena in a game televised on PAC 12 TV.  It is a matchup of 2 teams headed opposite directions.  As you will see, we have great value in our underdog selection on Oregon St.  These teams met twice last season with Washington winning 86-62 and 87-71.  But, that was before first year HC Wayne Tinkle became head Beaver.  No way will Washington get to 80 at this tempo and against this defense!

Following a succession of mediocre seasons, in which Oregon St. averaged 15 wins per year for the previous 5 seasons, Oregon St. relieved Craig Robinson (brother-in-law of President Obama) of his coaching duties.  They aggressively sought out Wayne Tinkle of Montana, who had led the Grizzlies to 4 consecutive seasons of at least 21 victories.  The last 2 years, Montana totaled 50 wins.  Tinkle brings his trademark defensive mentality, as well as patient tempo to Corvallis.  It has paid off immediately for the Beavers.  The first clue is that they have made a list of my top 30 defensive teams in the country, my Defensive Dandies, if you will.   From that list, we see that they allow just 57 PPG, 37% from the field, 28% from the arc.  They have positive net margins in rebounds, assist/TO ratio, and TO margin.  It is no surprise they are 11-4 SU, 11-3 ATS on NCAA basketball odds.  Oregon St. proved their mettle on Sunday, when they shocked 7th ranked Arizona in Corvallis by a score of 58-56.  In his 7 years at Montana, Tinkle developed a coaching personality profile that saw his teams go 69-39 ATS in conference play following a victory.  This year’s Oregon St. team is created in Tinkle’s preferred image.  To spice the pot, Gary Payton, Jr. is on-board to create havoc on the defensive end of the court with multiple steals per game, reminiscent of his Hall of Fame father.

Check out our best NCAA Basketball picks against the spread for today.

The Washington season has turned on a dime.  Following an 11-0 SU start, the press clippings became too much for the Huskies.  They have since gone 0-4 SU ATS, losing on this court to Stony Brook and Washington St., both as double digit favorite, as well as road games at Cal and Stanford.  13th year HC Romar normally likes to push the pace with his sled dogs.  But, a pair of “bigs” in Upshaw and Kemp have slowed the preferred pace for lead guard, Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews.

Let’s adding try this Defensive Dandy to your college basketball picks with dichotomous momentum at a remaining value price.

Free College Basketball Pick: Take Oregon St.

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