We have believed and projected the entire 2016-17 Pac-12 campaign that ultimately, once healthy and whole, the young Arizona Wildcats would provide evidence that they were the best in the West and the top of the Pacific 12 league. The fifth-ranked Wildcats come into this Wednesday night conference title having won 14 straight games to grab the top spot in the league standings.
The ‘Cats have the luxury of a complete squad with the recent reinstatement of Allonzo Trier and are a team that can defend and score and are a nightmare matchup for every team in the Pac 12. With two frontcourt studs in Lauri Markkanen and Dusan Ristic the Arizona rotations are capable of being a threat to score and defend in the paint and on the perimeter.
Arizona’s win two weeks ago at Pauley over then-No. 3 UCLA 96-85 was the signature win that alerted the league and the hoops nation that coach Sean Miller’s team was the real deal and a serious threat to earn a No #1 Seed in the West.
Miller told reporters earlier this week. “A lot of people (were) saying great things, (but) watching our effort level, our consistency, our togetherness, we weren’t near where we were coming (into those games). We have to get that back to have great success in the second half of the Pac-12.”
The Wildcats (-16.5, 131) are on the road tonight for a league test against the Oregon State Beavers, a contest that is scheduled to tipoff at 9:00 p.m. ET at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The Beavers enter tonight’s event the losers of nine straight games and one of a trio of schools, in the seven conferences considered major, with without a conference victory .
Measuring the Beavers struggles in league play are not necessarily indicative of what tonight’s outcome will resemble. OSU has lost by an average of 16 points per affair during their current nine straight losing streak but are more than capable of being at their best on their home court. To the Beavers’ defense they have been without their leading scorer Tres Tinkle (20.2 points, 8.3 rebounds) has missed the last 16 games with a wrist injury, also absent has been bench phenom Cheikh N’Diaye (3.6, 2.2) will miss his 14th game due to a shoulder injury and 13 contests with a shoulder injury, but the squad continues to grow under the improved play of Stephen Thompson Jr. (17.1 points), Drew Eubanks (14.9, 8.5 rebounds) and Jaquori McLaughlin (11.5 points).
Tonight’s game in Corvallis is a tough spot for the Wildcats and a chance for the Beavers to shine. The Wildcats will not maximize their first rotation tonight nor are they aiming to send the local Oregon State faithful to the exits early on Thursday Night, not with their huge showdown on Saturday against the Pac-12’s second-place and nationally ranked Oregon Ducks on deck
The Beavers are a perfect 11-0 ATS in their last 11 home games when playing a team with a road winning percentage of .601 or better and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a home dog.
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