Pac-12 basketball roundup: Sun Devils fall to Ducks

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

#17 Arizona 62, Oregon State 53: Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the host Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12) beat the Beavers (10-6, 2-2). Against Arizona State he had 18 points, tying with Elijah Brown for the team high, along with 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Pac-12 won't have three top-10 teams as it did past year with Arizona, Oregon, and UCLA, but it without a doubt has the most parity in college basketball this season.

In the Beavers' last contest, they defeated the Oregon Ducks, 76-64. They also assisted on 17 of their 28 made field goals, a 60.7 percent assist rate.

Tinkle is the top scorer for the Beavers on the season as well with 18.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG.

Pac-12 basketball roundup: Sun Devils fall to Ducks

The Wildcats lost a close one to the Colorado Buffaloes in their last outing, 80-77. One of the biggest criticisms from his coach will lilkey be that he picked up a technical during a brief exchange with Dusan Ristic late in the second half. They were 15-17 (88.2 percent), while the Wildcats were 14-17 (82.4 percent).

The Oregon Ducks face Arizona State Thursday at 7 pm Pacific Time on Fox Sports 1. Of the Beavers' 14 games that accepted bets, eight have finished under the total.

Oh, and did I mention that they happened on back-to-back baskets for Arizona? Contrary to Oregon State, Wildcats games have typically gone over the total (56.3 percent). The Wildcats are hoping to get there this season. The Wildcats knocked down 20 of their 26 free throws (76.9 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.9 vs. 23.5).

The Oregon Ducks, who came into conference play hoping to contend for a conference title, are surprisingly near the bottom of the conference so far at 1-2, with losses to Utah and cross-town rival Oregon State.

At home, Arizona is 3-4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 4 unders.

The Sun Devils mustered up only 13 assists on the night, which is down from their season average.

The Wildcats allow the 11th-fewest rebounds per game (30.4) while the Beavers rank 44th (32.0).

OR has that at every position, and that plus a slow pace was what swung the game in favor of the Ducks in a 76-72 upset loss for the Sun Devils on Thursday.

The Wildcats rank 44th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Beavers rank 61st (4.2).

The teams are led by Pac-12 Player of the Year candidates Tra Holder, who averages 21.4 points per game for ASU, and Deandre Ayton, who averages 20.4 points and 11.6 rebounds a game to lead Arizona. In 29 minutes, he collected 18 points, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 threes with 1 turnover.

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