College hoops action on Monday evening and Mountain West Conference will square off with the Pac-12 Conference as the Wyoming Cowboys rumble with Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon. The Cowboys enter this game off a 74-65 home win over Chattanooga, while the Beavers are off a 99-82 home win over Southern Utah. These teams last met way back in 2000 and Oregon State won that game by a score of 65-53.
Dalton’s 30 Leads Cowboys Over Mocs
The Wyoming Cowboys went 23-15 overall last year, but they were just 8-10 in league play. Till, they got invited to the CBI Tournament and ended up winning it, which gives them some momentum as they start this year. They began the year with a very nice 74-65 home win over the Chattanooga Mocs and now look to take down a good Oregon State team on the road. Hayden Dalton averaged just 3.8 ppg and 13.2 ppg in his first two years, but in the win over the Mocs he had a monster game as he scored 30 points and also had 13 rebounds in the game. He was the only player for the Cowboys that scored in double figures. Nyaires Redding sat out last year after transferring from Washington state and he had nine points in the game, while Cody Kelley also had nine in the game. The Cowboys hit just 41.7% of their shots overall, but they also hit 47.6% from long range and they were 24/30 from the charity stripe.
Last year, they were a solid offensive team as they averaged 77.9 ppg, which was 67th in the nation, but they did hit just 43.5% of their shots, which was 233rd in the land. At the defensive end of the court, they were not so great last year as they allowed 74.6 ppg, which was 233 in the nation, but they also allowed teams to hit just 40.1% of their shots, which was 19th in the nation. That defense played well against the Mocs as they allowed them to hit just 40.0% of their shots overall, including just 30.4% from long range. This is a solid team, but I don’t see them making the NCAA Tournament. They should be in one of the lesser tournaments though.
Beavers Hang 99 On Southern Utah
The Oregon State Beavers had a miserable season last year as they were 5-27 overall, including just 1-17 within the Pac-12. They were a very young team last year, but this year they are a bit older and ready to make a move up the standings. They are picked for 7th in the Pac-12 this year and they have a great shot of getting to at least the NIT at the end of the year. They started off the season in very nice fashion as they topped Southern Utah at home by a score of 99-82. Tres Tinkle is back after leading the team in scoring last year at 20.3 ppg and he led them in the win over SUU by putting up 24 points. Ethan Thompson is in his first year and he was 2nd with 20. Also scoring in double figures for the Beavers was Stephen Thompson Jr and Drew Eubanks, who each had 16 points in the win. The Beavers shot 54.0% overall in the win, but just 25.0% from long range.
Last year, this was one of the worst offensive teams in the nation as they averaged just 63.2 ppg, which was 335th in the nation and they did so on just 42.8% shooting, which was 258th in the land. This will be a much better offensive team this year. The defense was very average last year as they allowed 72.5 ppg, which was 186th in the nation and on 44.5% shooting, which was 215. The defense did allow 82 points to the Thunderbirds, but the defense played pretty well in the game as they allowed them to hit just 38.6% of their shots overall, including just 33.3% from long range. The Beavers are a more experienced team this year and they should make some noise in the Pac-12.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog of 0.5-6.5
Oregon State is:
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games
The Wyoming Cowboys won the CBI Tournament last year and they are an improved team this year, while the Beavers are also improved, after stumbling to a 5-27 mark last year. This is an experienced Oregon State team and I look for them to build off their win over the Thunderbirds. They have a lot to prove after last year’s disaster and while the Cowboys are an improved team, I just don’t see them being able to hang with the better team from the Pac-12. This should be a good game, but in the end, it will be the Beavers that win it by at least eight points.