|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABOn Wednesday, the Pac-10 Tournament gets started, and one of the first-round games to watch is between Stanford and Oregon State.
The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network, and Stanford are currently slight favorites to win. The total stands at 134.5, and this should prove to be a very competitive game.
The Stanford Cardinals are slight favorites to win, but Oregon State's one conference win this season came against Stanford. The two teams split the season series, with both teams winning on their home courts. Oregon State won 87-80, while Stanford won 70-56 during regular season play. Oregon State is the series leader at 70-62, a slight edge but nothing spectacular. The one and only time the two met in the Pac-10 tournament was two years ago, which resulted in a 62-54 Stanford win.
This matchup features the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds in the conference. Stanford the No. 8 seed; Oregon State is No. 9. The winner of this game goes on to face top seed Arizona on Thursday. In terms of conference tournament play history, Oregon is 5-11 and have not won a tournament game since 2006. On the other hand, Stanford is a more respectable 12-12.
Oregon State has averaged 69.3 points per game this season, but the Beavers allow over 72 points per game. This is not a winning formula. Their weak defense is the problem. Stanford is stronger on defense, but they are not an offensively-gifted team, averaging only 66.4 points per game. Both teams will have to overcome their significant weaknesses to progress beyond tonight.
Both teams struggled late in the season. Oregon lost 10 of their last 12 games, while Stanford lost five of their last seven. While the Cardinals are preferred by the sportsbook, it is looking more and more likely that the Beavers should pull out a victory.