Nobody said it was going to be easy. And on Monday, the Oregon State Beavers will face their toughest tournament opponent yet.
After the 12th-seeded Oregon State Beavers upset No. 8 Loyola-Chicago Saturday afternoon, 65-58, to advance to the program's first Elite 8 in 39 years, No. 2 Houston took care of No. 11 Syracuse 62-46 and will face the Beavs Monday at 4:15pm.
Oregon State became the lowest seed to make the Elite 8 since Missouri in 2002, who was also a 12-seed.
On Sunday, betting odds were released, which were provided by our partner, PointsBet.
To no surprise, OSU will enter the game as the underdog.
Moneyline: Oregon State +270, Houston -351
Spread: Oregon State +7.5 (-109), Houston -7.5 (-109)
Over/Under: 130 points (-109)
The Oregon State Beavers have not been favored in any game this tournament. But, that doesn't scare the Beavs. They were picked to finish last in the preseason Pac-12 poll.
And now they're in the Elite 8.
Houston is one of the most balanced teams in the NCAA Tournament this year, though.
Winners of the AAC Tournament, the Cougars lost just three games this season.
Quentin Grimes is an elite scorer for the Cougars. He has an innate ability to hit the outside shot and at 6'5", can finish at the rim. He averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 41.7% from three point range this season.
Houston is second in the nation allowing just 57.9 points per game and is number one in the nation in field goal percentage defense. They hold their opponent to just 37.3% shooting. Given Oregon State's struggles on offense to start their Sweet 16 match-up vs. Loyola-Chicago, they'll need to combat the Cougars suffocating defensive attack.
The Cougars also rank fifth in three point percentage defense at 28.3%.
Ethan Thompson scored 22 points and played all 40 minutes for Oregon State on Saturday.
Can the Beavers' Cinderella story continue?