Tipoff at Gill Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST on FOX Sports 1.
Arizona won the first matchup 82-71 in McKale Center last month, but KenPom gives OSU a 63 percent chance of winning the rematch, with a projected score of 69-65.
Here is what we think will happen. Be sure to leave your predictions in the comment section below.
Brian J. Pedersen — Arizona wins 73-72
Unlike the last few times Arizona has played against a Pac-12 opponent for the second time this season, how it fared against Oregon State the first go-around can be considered when looking at the rematch. That 82-71 home win on Jan. 19 saw the Wildcats win despite losing Chase Jeter to a back injury less than five minutes in. They compensated by draining 13 of 27 three-pointers en route to their second-bet offensive rating of the season, while Brandon Williams dropped a career-high 20. Having Williams and Jeter for this game should enable the offense to continue slowly becoming more consistent, and if Jeter can at least put up a little resistance in the paint against OSU’s interior game the Wildcats can pull the upset and stay hot.
Zant Reyez — Oregon State wins 78-73
I’m kinda of afraid to pick against the ‘Cats for the remainder of the season because I don’t want to be told I have to drive back to Phoenix. That’d be a long drive me.
But I will pick against UA again because OSU is a tough game on the road, but I think this will be a competitive game.
Ronnie Stoffle — Arizona wins 74-68
I think Arizona fans should be very excited about this road trip. Chase Jeter appears to be fully healthy once again and Brandon Williams is back. Corvallis has given UA problems in the past but I expect the Wildcats to take care of business. Time to gear up in preparation for the Pac-12 tournament!
Ezra Amacher — Oregon State wins 73-65
One year ago, Arizona headed out of Corvallis with a double digit victory under its belt and the program’s trajectory looking balmy. The next day ESPN dropped its now infamous bombshell report alleging that Miller discussed a $100K payment to Deandre Ayton. And the rest is, well, still being written into history.
Thus it’s fitting that Arizona and Miller return to Corvallis Thursday with its head coach back under the national spotlight. I’m not a huge believer in off-court distractions, but it’s reasonable to think that the swirl of rumors surrounding Miller and the game of musical chairs amongst his assistant coaches will eat into the team’s performance this road trip.
Corvallis is never an easy place to play and it will be particularly dangerous Thursday.
Ryan Kelapire — Oregon State wins 71-66
This has been one of the toughest games to pick all season. Oregon State is slightly better and playing at home, so I give it the edge. But the Wildcats have dominated the Beavers recently and are capable of beating anyone in the Pac-12 now that Brandon Williams is back and Chase Jeter is looking more like his old self.
Still, OSU will have the two best players on the court in Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr. along with a raucous crowd behind them, so I’ll take the Beavers in a close one.