College Basketball Odds, Picks Tulsa vs. Oregon State | Back The Underdog
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Tulsa vs. Oregon State Odds
Monday's massive slate caps off with a late-night showdown in Corvallis as the Golden Hurricane look for a fresh start with new head coach Eric Konkol at the helm.
Oregon State, meanwhile, has not won a basketball game since December 30, 2021 and is coming off one of the worst seasons ever by any college basketball program.
Oregon State finished last season 3-28 and won just one conference game. The Beavers were also one of the worst teams in the country against the spread, going 9-21-1. They covered the number just 30% of the time.
The Beavers return just one starter from a season ago after losing nine players in total via graduations and the transfer portal. Head coach Wayne Tinkle is looking to have a bounce-back season and has brought in a long list of talented transfers to do so.
Tinkle has taken the Beavers to the highest highs and the lowest lows in the past two seasons. Where will he lead them this year?
The Golden Hurricane are looking to get things back on track after last season's 11-20 finish.
Their first step in doing so was bringing in Konkol, who spent the last seven years at Louisiana Tech. He found a considerable amount of success, as he posted a record of 153-75 at Tech and led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the NIT back in 2021.
Konkel gets eight players back from a season ago, including starters Anthony Pritchard and Sam Griffin. Pritchard missed most of last season due to a foot injury, but Griffin was the team's second-leading scorer, putting up 14.6 points per game.
Tulsa does lose its top scorer from 2021-22, but was able to have success in the transfer portal. The Golden Hurricane's most significant addition is Brandon Betson, who led Chicago State in scoring last year. I wouldn't be surprised to see him lead the Golden Hurricane this season, as well.
I can't recall any Division-I team in history that fell off as quick or as hard as the Oregon State Beavers did in one season.
In 2021, the Beavers were an Elite Eight team. In 2022, they didn't even win eight games.
Injuries and players departing the program were absolutely a factor, but the sheer difference in such a short time period was astounding.
Heading into this season it feels as though any level of consistency or success for the Beavers would be amazing. Tinkle returns just four players from a season ago, but he does get back Rodrigue Andela.
Andela was a pivotal rotation player during Beavers' success in 2021, and he showed serious improvement and was working his way to a starting role before an injury ended his season last year.
Tinkle also brings in a massive group of newcomers, both transfers and freshmen. Unfortunately, most of them lack experience, though.
Also, two of the most promising transfers — Christian Wright (Georgia) and Justin Rochelin (Arizona State) — are both out for an extended period of time due to injury.
Tulsa vs. Oregon State Betting Pick
The sheer amount of newcomers for Oregon State means it's going to take a serious amount of time for the team to gel. The Beavers did have an exhibition trip to Italy in the offseason, but the losses of Wright and Rochelin present an entirely new issue to figure out.
Meanwhile, Tulsa returns a solid core, brings in promising talent to add to that core and now has a coach who has proven he knows how to win. I think Tulsa gets the job done easily despite being on the road.
Back the Golden Hurricane to pull off the late-night upset at +100 or better.