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How and what to watch for No. 12 Oregon State vs. No. 2 Houston in Elite Eight of 2021 NCAA Tournament

We break down everything you need to know for Monday’s Elite Eight NCAA Tournament matchup between Oregon State and Houston. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

Can Oregon State keep the magical run going?

The No. 12 seed Oregon State Beavers and No. 2 seed Houston Cougars advanced to the Elite Eight in different ways, and it should make for an exciting matchup on Monday, March 29th. Oregon State has gone in as underdogs in each of their three NCAA Tournament games, while Houston has been favored in each one. Both went 3-0 and are one win away from the Final Four.

Once the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook are made available for this game, we’ll add that information below. We’ll also add the game time and TV channel once it’s settled.

Game date: Monday, March 29th
Game time: 7:15 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium

March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Point spread: Houston -8
Point total: 129
Moneyline: Houston -385, Oregon State +290

No. 12 Oregon State 20-12 (10-10 Pac-12)

First Round: Defeated No. 5 Tennessee 70-56
Second Round: Defeated No. 4 Oklahoma State 80-70
Third Round: Defeated No. 8 Loyola Chicago 65-58
KenPom rating: 43 Overall, 35 Offense, 64 Defense
Leading scorer: Ethan Thompson (15.6 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Oregon State made 56 of 65 free throws in the NCAA Tournament for 86.2% from the line.

Oregon State’s resilient group advanced to the Elite Eight with a win over Loyola Chicago on Saturday, March 27th. Oregon State limited Loyola Chicago to 33.3% shooting from the floor and 21.7% from the three-point line. The Beavers struggled early, but the offense eventually got going, making 41.2% of their shots, 38.5% from three-point range and made 18 of 20 free throws. Leading scorer Ethan Thompson went for 22 points to lead the Beavers.

No. 2 Houston 27-3 (14-3 AAC)

First Round: Defeated No. 15 Cleveland State 87-56
Second Round: Defeated No. 10 Rutgers 63-60
Third Round: Defeated No. 11 Syracuse 62-46
KenPom rating: 3 Overall, 6 Offense, 11 Defense
Leading scorer: Quentin Grimes (18.1 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Houston has an average rebounding margin of +11 through three games in the tournament.

The Cougars’ defense shut down the Syracuse Orange offense that had been playing at a high level this tournament. Houston held a comfortable lead throughout with a 62-46 win in the Sweet 16. The Cougars held Syracuse to 28% shooting from the floor and 21.7% from the three-point line. Quentin Grimes scored a game-high 14 points, knocking down four 3-pointers on 12 attempts from long range.