Found February 09, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
College Basketball Betting – Huskies Aim To Avoid Trap At Oregon State

You run across “trap game” in an NBA blog, and that is when a team faces an inferior squad coming off a big win or going into one, and they can underestimate their opponents. NCAA hoops season is full of trap games, and after a showdown at Oregon on Thursday, Washington is facing one as they travel to Oregon State and the Huskies could be in desperate need of a win to keep their Tournament hopes alive.

Washington Oregon State Odds – Sunday, 5:30 PM ET

The Huskies (16-7, 9-2 Pac-12 ahead of the Oregon game) romped over USC 69-41 last Saturday for their fifth win in a row. A BetOnline.com review of the game would highlight a fierce defensive effort by Washington in the first half as they allowed just 19 points in the first 20 minutes and went into the locker room up by 10, and then the offense came around. Tony Wroten was fantastic with 13 points, eight assists and six boards, while Terrence Ross added 10 points and 14 boards for the Huskies, who held an incredible 49-16 edge on the glass while they held the Trojans to 28.8% from the field. If the Huskies can sneak into the big dance, they’ll be an excellent March Madness odds darkhorse, but will their resume be enough to get there?

The Beavers (15-8, 5-6 Pac-12 ahead of Thursday’s visit from Washington State) had quietly won four of their last five after a 76-58 rout of Utah on the road last weekend, despite going 0-of-9 from the three-point line. Jared Cunningham led the way with 20 points and four steals, while Devon Collier netted 14 points for the Beavers, who forced 22 turnovers and that helped them get out for some fast-break baskets. However, players that use price per head bookie services don’t have to worry about them in the NCAA Tournament as a poor start to their conference slate has essentially doomed them, but they can play the spoiler down the stretch.

Washington should be a slight sports betting favorite at Oregon State, where they are 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five trips, and three games have gone over the posted total. Washington has won their last three games on the road and they’ll be coming off a tough road game at Oregon, so they’ll be ripe for a letdown, but they beat the Beavers by 15 points in December and they should have enough in the tank to pull out a victory, although they may even be down by halftime. Stay away from the spread in this contest, but take Washington on the road in your college basketball betting picks.
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