Both players were the only two Beavers to start every game last season according to basketball betting stats. College basketball betting odds stats show that Jones led the Beavers in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (5.7 rpg). College basketball betting odds stats show that Tarver averaged 9.2 points per game and topped all Pac-10 freshmen in minutes played (33.3 mpg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).
Those two also combined for 89 steals according to college basketball betting odds stats. Junior guard/forward Jack McGillis provided solid minutes, contributing with 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game according to college basketball betting odds stats. McGillis will battle Seth Tarver (2.4 ppg/1.7 rpg according to basketball betting stats) and freshmen Lathen Wallace and Calvin Haynes for a spot in the starting lineup at either the off-guard or wing. Experts that look at college basketball betting odds see that Jones will have help on the frontline from a pair of sophomores, Calvin Hampton and Roeland Schaftenaar and junior center C.J. Giles. Giles, a transfer from Kansas, will not eligible to play until December 8th according to basketball betting experts.
The concern for Oregon State according to basketball betting experts is that outside of Jones and Tarver, the rest of the returning players combined for a total of only 17 starts. The Beavers will need help on the boards where they ranked last in the league with a -4.1 rebound margin according to college basketball betting odds stats. Besides Jones and Tarver, no other returning Beaver averaged better than 2.2 rebounds per game according to college basketball betting odds stats. Experts that look at college basketball betting odds also believe the Beavers need to shot threes better as they were at 29 percent from beyond the arc and made a league-low 5.28 treys per game last year according to college basketball betting odds stats. Oregon State may be improved this season according to college basketball betting odds experts but they are still not capable of reaching the upper portions of the Pac-10 without improved talent. The Beavers may be competitive though and that will result in some covers versus the college basketball betting odds.