Oregon State Hosts Colorado In Top 25 Affair On 1/26/2024

Written By Derek Helling on January 26, 2024
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Successful basketball betting is all about finding the best value for the opportunities that present themselves. One game between ranked opponents on the schedule for Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, boasts such opportunities.

The No. 3 Colorado Buffaloes visit the 23rd-ranked Oregon State Beavers as both teams vie for position in the Pac-12 standings. For bettors, the potential value could be in the small margin between Colorado’s expected victory and Oregon State’s recent emergence into the national conversation.

Colorado at Oregon State details

The Buffaloes will try to stay atop the Pac-12 regular-season standings with another win on Friday while the Beavers could take a step toward that position with a victory. This is the first meeting of the two programs on the 2023-24 season.

  • Tip-off: 10 p.m. ET, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
  • Venue: Gill Coliseum, Corvalis, Oregon
  • Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
  • Previous matchup: March 2, 2023, 62-54 Buffaloes win in a neutral site
  • Last 5 games: Colorado WWWLW, Oregon State LWWWL
  • Average points for: Colorado 79.7, Oregon State 74.8
  • Average points against: Colorado 64.2, Oregon State 58.1
  • Oregon State record: 15-3 overall, 12-0 at home, 4-3 Pac-12
  • Colorado record: 16-2 overall, 4-0 on the road, 6-1 Pac-12

Oregon State has won 14 of 23 games in this short all-time series, including eight of 10 in Corvalis. However, the Buffaloes have won the past three in a row. Both teams enter this contest with their full roster complements.

Legal North American online sportsbooks have Colorado a narrow point and a half favorite with a total of 136.5 points on this game. Which side of the spread to take depends on how you read the numbers.

Handicapping Beavers vs. Buffaloes

Oregon State comes into this contest without a win in three tries against ranked opponents on the season, averaging dropping those contests by about seven points. However, all three of those were road games for the Beavers.

The Buffaloes will represent the toughest competition that Oregon State has welcomed yet this season. Colorado ranks in the top 20 in the nation in field goals made per game and overall shooting percentage along with offensive rebounds allowed per game.

At the same time, the Beavers counter with the nation’s 16th-best overall shooting percentage and the fourth-highest average in terms of defensive rebounds in the country. As far as total rebounds per game go, Oregon State ranks 19th.

What’s more, the Beavers are the best in the nation as far as avoiding turnovers go and are holding opponents to just 34% shooting from the field overall. Only four teams in the country have posted a lower opponent shooting percentage.

Given Oregon State’s ability to defend without fouling (opponents are averaging fewer than 12 free throw attempts per game) and the home-court advantage, it would be hard to fault any bettor who considers simply taking the plus money on the Beavers moneyline.

On the other hand, bettors might prefer to avoid what looks like a toss-up on the spread to favor a bet on the total instead. Due to Oregon State’s defensive prowess and the Buffaloes’ relative struggles in shooting from 3-point range, the Under is very much in play Friday night.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA and the managing editor of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of the gambling industry with business, the law, and technology.

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