Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins – NCAAM March 11

5:30 p.m. ET – Oregon State vs. UCLA (-5) O/U:133

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Oregon State +5½ (-110) +190 O 133 (-110)
UCLA -5½ (-110) -235 U 133 (-110)

The 14-12 No. 5 seed Beavers take on the 17-8 No. 4 seed Bruins in Thursday’s Pac-12 quarterfinals. Oregon State was last in action on Sunday, falling to in-state rival Oregon 80-67. It was the first game in which the Beavers failed to cover the spread since Feb. 8. UCLA’s regular season wrapped up with a loss to in-city rival USC on Saturday, 64-63. The Bruins were atop the conference standings on Feb. 27 before losing their final three games of the regular season.

These two teams met on Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, where UCLA prevailed with a 57-52 win.

Oregon State Beavers Logo 101x101The Beavers Guard, Ethan Thompson leads Oregon State with 15.5 points per game this season. Despite a low-scoring affair in the first matchup of these two teams, Ethan Thompson eclipsed his season average points per game, scoring 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

UCLA Bruins LogoThe Bruins are led by guard Johnny Juzang, who averages 14.1 points per game. Juzang was held in check in the previous matchup, scoring only seven points while making just 3-of-11 shot attempts. UCLA forward Cody Riley led the team with 16 points and 10 rebounds that night to secure victory.

Please Note:
Oregon State shot 42 percent from the field in the first matchup, but was plagued by 15 turnovers that ultimately led to its demise down the stretch. The Beavers crowded the paint and forced the Bruins to beat them from behind the 3-point arc. It almost worked. Despite shooting just 25 percent from 3-ppoint range, however, it was enough for the Bruins to prevail.

Expect a similar rock fight in this one, as UCLA is one of the best defenses in the entire conference. That will only be enhanced by the slow pace at which Oregon State prefers to play. Both teams’ path to victory Thursday afternoon is with a strong showing on the defensive side of the ball. The first game combined for 109 points, and while it should not be that low this time around, this game will still go under the Over/Under total of 133 points, possibly by a substantial margin.

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