The Beavers have been doubted this entire season. Picked to finished last in the preseason poll, Oregon State defied the odds to capture their first ever Pac-12 Championship Saturday with a 70-68 win over Colorado and claimed an automatic berth into March Madness.
It's the second time since 1990 the Oregon State is going dancing.
On Sunday, the Beavers were named a No. 12 seed and will take on the Tennessee Volunteers in thee Midwest Region.
The road to an NCAA Championship will be challenging, and the oddsmakers are giving the Beavers the second worst odds in the field.
Oregon State sits at +50000 by PointsBet, the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports Northwest.
That means if you put $100 on the Beavers to win March Madness, you will take home $5 million dollars, plus your initial bet!
Gonzaga is the favorite to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament at +200.
There are 19 teams tied for the worst odds at +100000.
Nevertheless, head coach Wayne Tinkle has led the Beavs to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
"Just super proud of our guys," said Tinkle Saturday night after OSU's Pac-12 Championship victory with the net around his neck. "Not just for this week or tonight, but the last six weeks or so we have really put some special things together and it's a credit to our guys' buy-in, guys putting their ego aside, buying into [the] team, playing harder than our opponent, executing our stuff, and enjoying each other out there."
Tennessee is a 7.5 point favorite over Oregon State
MONEYLINE: -- Oregon State: +275 – UT: -360
POINT TOTAL: -- Over: 133.5 (-105) – Under: 133.5 (-115)
Oregon State has an implied point total of 63 points while Tennessee has one of 70.5 points.
With a win, the Beavers will take on the winner of No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Liberty to go to the Sweet 16 for just the seventh time in school history. The program hasn't made the Sweet 16 since 1982 but that season was vacated by the NCAA.
The 2020-21 college basketball season is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the program since 2016, where the Beavers were selected as an at-large team but lost in the first round to VCU.
Here's the full bracket.
A 12-seed beating a 5-seed has been the most common of ‘high-seed over low-seed’ upset since the men’s tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. They have won 50 out of 140 tries, according to NCAA.com, which equates to a 35.7 percent success rate.
Can the Beavers continue to pull off upsets?