Basketball Pick: Oregon vs. BYU

Basketball Pick: Oregon vs. BYUOregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars

Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 3:10 p.m. EST

TV: truTV

College Basketball Betting Odds from Bookmaker

Line: Oregon -5.5

Total: 157.5

The 2014 NCAA tournament is always exciting to watch and while the Midwest region is getting all of the hype, the West region could be one of the most wide opened regions in the entire tournament. The Arizona Wildcats are the favorites to win it all, but the game between the Oregon Ducks and the BYU Cougars will feature a two teams that think they have what it takes to make some noise in the tournament and break some brackets along the way.

Game Overview:

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Ducks listed as (-3) point favorites. The betting public really likes the Ducks as over 79 percent of the betting public is on Oregon to take down the Cougars. This line has jumped since opening and after opening at (-3) the betting line in this game has jumped to (-5.5) at several of the top rated online betting sportsbooks that exclusively cover this game.

These teams met earlier in the season at Oregon and they beat the Cougars by just five points in overtime. That makes this line right on. This game will be played in Milwaukee so it is essentially a very neutral court as both teams will be far from home.

The Cougars do have some history in the big dance. The Cougars are in the field for the seventh time in the last eight years, and have won their first game — including a First Four triumph over Iona in 2012 — in each of their past three events. That gives them hope going up against the Ducks. However they do have an injury concern. The Cougarswill be without sophomore point guard Kyle Collinsworth, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that could severely hurt this team.

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Ducks have the edge when it comes to wagering angles. The Ducks are 4-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games. The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss against the spread, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 NCAA Tournament games and 19-40 ATS in their last 59 neutral site games.

Hopefully the serious bettors were able to get the Ducks earlier when the line was lower, but it won’t matter as the Ducks will fly high and take down the Cougars.

Free Pick: Oregon Ducks -5.5


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