NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon vs. Arizona
Date/Time: February 6th, 9:00 ET
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A Pac-12 match-up will be in the spotlight on Thursday when the Arizona Wildcats play host to the Oregon Ducks at 9:00 ET on ESPN inside the McKale Center. The Wildcats were jumped by the Syracuse Orange this week in the polls after suffering their first loss of the season on Saturday.
The Ducks are coming off a 78-66 win over the Southern California Trojans on Saturday. The win got Oregon to 3-6 SU in Pac-12 play and 15-6 SU overall. Ducks G Joseph Young scored 21 points, including a three pointer to cap a 12-0 run in the second half to help his team get the win. Young is the Ducks leading scorer averaging 18.1 points per game and he will be asked to have another big outing to give his squad a chance on the road. Oregon is 2-3-1 ATS on the road this season after soundly defeating the Washington State Cougars on its last road trip 71-44 in Pullman. The bench was big for the Ducks in that game as G Jason Calliste came off the bench and scored 20 points in the win. Calliste has been a solid sixth man for this team averaging 12.5 points off the bench. Thanks to its scoring depth, Oregon has the nation’s sixth ranked offense scoring 84.7 points per game. The Ducks will certainly need to be firing on all cylinders to stay with the Wildcats in this one.
The Wildcats were dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday when the California Golden Bears took them down 60-58 at Haas Pavilion. A last second shot from Cal’s Justin Cobbs was just enough to get the job done. Arizona’s sophomore C Kaleb Tarczewski had 18 points and six rebounds in the game. To add injury to defeat, F Brandon Ashley broke his foot early in the game and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The Wildcats will certainly be missing Ashley’s 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game he was averaging before the injury. Arizona’s leading scorer G Nick Johnson is coming off a disappointing performance where he put up just four points in his team’s loss. Johnson averages 16.1 points per game and had recorded double-digit scoring numbers in each of his L/7 games before Saturday. Defense has been the wildcats’ calling card this season as they give up just 56.8 points per game good for the nation’s No. 5 scoring defense.
Arizona definitely has something to prove in this one as it lost at home to Oregon 70-66 on January 10th, 2013. The Wildcats have been a solid 8-5 ATS at home this season and we do expect to see them get a victory in this game. Oregon has struggled at just 3-3 SU on the road and we feel as if Arizona is the wrong place to be going if you struggle on the road. The Wildcats still have yet to lose at home this season and we don’t expect that to change on Thursday. Arizona 75 – Oregon 64
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