Arizona visits Oregon in a big road Pac-12 matchup. Arizona is coming off a comfortable win against Oregon State, while Oregon lost to Arizona State at home in a blowout. This should be an interesting matchup in the Pac-12. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Arizona vs. Oregon Odds
Arizona is a 4-point road favorite against Oregon and is at -170 on the money line. The over/under is also at 152.5. Arizona being favored here makes sense because they’ve been the better team this year, but Oregon is the home team. The over/under also makes sense because both teams are very good on offense this year too. The spread could move a bit because it’s a little low now.
Arizona vs. Oregon Prediction & Pick
The pick: Arizona -4
Arizona rebounded nicely on Thursday when they beat Oregon State after a disappointing loss at home to Washington State. Arizona is based around Azuolas Tubelis who’s the leading scorer at 21 points per game. Oumar Ballo is the second of a monster duo down low for Arizona. Ballo is the second-leading scorer and leads the team in rebounds and blocks too. Kerr Kriisa is a dynamic point guard who leads Arizona in assists and is the Wildcats’ best three-point shooter at the guard spot. Pelle Larsson has also been very good recently after a rough start to the season.
As a team, Arizona is one of the best offensive teams in the country. They are third in the country in scoring at 86 points per game, they are 9th in field goal percentage, and top-20 in point differential. They are also top-10 in assists too. They are 3rd in college basketball in rebounding at 42 rebounds per game as well.
On the other side, Oregon just hasn’t lived up to their preseason expectations. They’ve dealt with a lot of injuries which has definitely hurt their season. The best player for Oregon is Will Richardson. He leads the Ducks in scoring, assists, and steals from the point guard spot. N’Faly Dante has been very good as the center for the Ducks this season too. He’s the second-leading scorer and leads the team in rebounds. Quincy Guerrier has also been very good too as the third-leading scorer. Also, Jermaine Cousinard has been good since coming back from injury too.
As a team, they’ve been solid defensively, but need to improve on offense. The biggest thing going against Arizona is that this game is on the road, and the crowd in Oregon will be crazy. However, Arizona is the better team here and should win a close game in Eugene.
Arizona vs. Oregon Key Matchups
Can N’Faly Dante matchup with Oumar Ballo? Can Kerr Kriisa matchup with Will Richardson?
Oumar Ballo vs N’Faly Dante
Oumar Ballo is one of the most improved players in all of college basketball. He averages 17 points, 1 assist, and 9 rebounds for the season. His matchup for most of the game will be N’Faly Dante who averages 13 points, 1 assist, and 7 rebounds for the season. This is going to be a great matchup down low. Ballo and Dante are pretty evenly matched, so expect whoever gains the upper-hand to have the inside track of their team winning this game. Ballo is bigger than Dante, but still this matchup is pretty even.
Will Richardson vs Kerr Kriisa
Will Richardson has been the biggest bright spot for Oregon this year. He averages 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds for the season. He’ll be matched up against Kerr Kriisa most of the game who averages 11 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds for the season. This matchup will be huge in deciding who wins this game. These two are the engines that make their teams go, so whoever can gain an advantage here is going to have a huge chance of being able to win in this game.