Oregon St. vs. Houston Elite 8 Bracket Prediction: March Madness Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Mar 28, 2021

Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson continued his fantastic run on Saturday, scoring a game-high 22 against Loyola for his second straight 20-point outing.

Oregon St.
14-12
AT
March 29, 2021, 7:15 PM ET
Lucas Oil Stadium
Houston
21-3
Pointspread +8 -106
Moneyline +278
Over / Under o +130

71%

Betting Action

29%

Pointspread -8 -114
Moneyline -338
Over / Under u +130

71%

Betting Action

29%

The winner of the Midwest Region will be decided Monday night when the No. 12 Oregon State Beavers and the No. 2 Houston Cougars hit the court. The Beavers are the highest seed remaining in the tournament after most recently defeating No. 9 Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16. The Cougars haven’t faced a single-digit seed this tournament as they’ve moved past No. 15 Cleveland State, No. 10 Rutgers, and No. 11 Syracuse.

Monday’s Elite 8 battle tips off at 7:15 p.m. EST.

Oregon St. Beavers vs. Houston Cougars NCAA Tournament Point Spread and Betting

The AAC Champion Cougars come into Monday on a 10-game win streak dating back to February 3, and are 15-5 against the spread (ATS) over their last 20. The Pac-12 Champion Beavers are on a six-game run of their own, both straight up and ATS. Oddsmakers have Houston as an 8-point favourite to win with the over/under set at 130.

Both teams are 2-1 to the under this March Madness, and the Beavers have held all three of their tournament opponents to under 33 per cent shooting from the field and under 28 per cent from the 3-point line. Houston’s coming off a Sweet 16 game that had 108 combined points, so scoring should be at a premium Monday evening.

(12) Oregon St. Beavers

Oregon State’s defence once again stole the show on Saturday, as they held Loyola to 58 total points and five made three’s in the Sweet 16. The Beavers are giving up an average of just 21 first-half points during March Madness, and have led by at least eight points at the half during tournament wins against Loyola, No. 5 Tennessee, and No. 4 Oklahoma State.

Guard Ethan Thompson continued his fantastic run on Saturday, scoring a game-high 22 against Loyola for his second straight 20-point outing. Thompson’s scoring 20.3 points and picking up seven rebounds per game in this tournament. Junior forward Warith Alatishe also put forth a strong effort Saturday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 boards for his first double-double of the tournament.

(2) Houston Cougars

Cooling down the Syracuse Orange Saturday night was a massive test for Kelvin Sampson’s club, and they passed with flying colours. Houston held the Orange to 46 total points and 28 per cent shooting, also out-rebounding them 40-31. Known for dominating on the glass, the Cougars have out-rebounded all of their March Madness opponents by at least 10. Forward Justin Gorham led the way on Saturday with 10 rebounds and 13 points, but again it was the effort of senior DeJon Jarreau that set the tone against Syracuse. Jarreau, playing hurt, not only locked down Buddy Boeheim but scored nine points himself while collecting eight rebounds and eight assists. Team leading scorer Quentin Grimes also knocked down four treys and had a game-high 14 points in the win.

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