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Oregon State vs. Houston 3/29/2021 NCAA Basketball Preview, Prediction, Picks

Oregon State takes on Houston on 3/29/2021 at 7:15PM.

Oregon State and Houston predictions are here in this article for you. It is TOURNAMENT TIME! Get excited people. Even if you did not submit a bracket, you can still find value in every game like it is the regular season. Oregon State has a record of 20-12 this season. Houston is 27-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Oregon State Team Defense Preview

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Their defense is above average relative to other teams. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is. They fall in the middle defensively when it comes to opponent ball movement. This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. There is greater diversity of shot selection against them. Not a team that faces a heavy barrage of three point shots. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents inside the perimeter. Nothing will blow you away about their ability to block shots. This is an average defensive rebounding team, this is not a death knell for the team, but they should strive to be better.

Oregon State Team Offense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 105.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They like to use ball movement to set up shot attempts in two point range. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.497, which considered to be below average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.542 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.35 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in College Basketball. They made 0.356 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. Getting to the Free Throw Line is a neutral part of the offensive mindset and approach. They made 0.768 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 30.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Houston Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. They fall in the middle defensively when it comes to opponent ball movement. Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. There is greater diversity of shot selection against them. Not a team that faces a heavy barrage of three point shots. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. They are doing a great job forcing terrible mid-range shots, they are among the leaders in the country at keeping opponents from getting optimal looks at the basket. This team has strong shot blockers, they are among the best in the conference. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

Houston Team Offense Preview

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Leading off the offensive discussion with offensive efficiency, theirs is 115.8, which means that if you want to be succinct about it and not consider anything more, you can say the offense is strong. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. This is a smooth running offense and the players make good decisions on the floor. This typically goes hand-in-hand with strong shot selection and higher Field Goal percentages.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.515, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.548 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.419 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in College Basketball. They made 0.355 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. The Charity Stripe is not an emphasized part of the offense. They made 0.735 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team. When they missed shots, they were able to get back 39.3% of them. They are among the best offensive rebounding teams in the country.

The Oregon State Roster

The Players to Watch for Oregon State

Ethan Thompson 6-5 195 pound Guard

Ethan Thompson has a 19.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Ethan Thompson this season has 0.364 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.333 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.451 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Ethan Thompson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jarod Lucas 6-3 195 pound Guard

Jarod Lucas has a 17.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jarod Lucas this season has 0.625 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Jarod Lucas shot 0.389 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Jarod Lucas shot 0.362 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Jarod Lucas is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Warith Alatishe 6-7 200 pound Forward

Warith Alatishe sports a 22.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Warith Alatishe this season has 0.052 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Warith Alatishe shot 0.071 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Warith Alatishe shot 0.535 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Warith Alatishe has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Zach Reichle 6-5 205 pound Guard

Zach Reichle sports a 13.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Zach Reichle attempted 0.585 of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Zach Reichle shot 0.34 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.507 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Zach Reichle is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Gianni Hunt 6-3 180 pound Guard

Gianni Hunt sports a 10.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Gianni Hunt this season has 0.444 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.373 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Gianni Hunt shot 0.345 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Gianni Hunt is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Maurice Calloo 6-10 225 pound Forward

Maurice Calloo has a 10.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Maurice Calloo this season has 0.47 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Maurice Calloo shot 0.416 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Maurice Calloo shot 0.31 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Roman Silva 7-1 265 pound Center

Roman Silva sports a 16.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Roman Silva attempted 0.0 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Roman Silva shot nan from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.647 of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

The Houston Roster

The Players to Watch for Houston

Quentin Grimes 6-5 205 pound Guard

Quentin Grimes has a 23.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Quentin Grimes attempted 0.576 of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.413 of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.408 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Quentin Grimes has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Marcus Sasser 6-1 190 pound Guard

Marcus Sasser has a 16.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Marcus Sasser this season has 0.659 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.322 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Marcus Sasser shot 0.495 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Marcus Sasser is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Marcus Sasser has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Dejon Jarreau 6-5 185 pound Guard

Dejon Jarreau has a 21.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Dejon Jarreau this season has 0.331 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.354 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Dejon Jarreau shot 0.488 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Dejon Jarreau has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Justin Gorham 6-7 225 pound Forward

Justin Gorham has a 22.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Justin Gorham this season has 0.264 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.362 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.557 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Justin Gorham has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Justin Gorham is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Tramon Mark 6-5 180 pound Guard

Tramon Mark sports a 17.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Tramon Mark this season has 0.329 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Tramon Mark shot 0.268 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Tramon Mark shot 0.441 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Tramon Mark has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Brison Gresham 6-8 230 pound Forward

Brison Gresham has a 14.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Brison Gresham this season has 0.0 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Brison Gresham shot nan from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Brison Gresham shot 0.571 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Brison Gresham has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Brison Gresham is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

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