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Vermont is the latest state to introduce a sports betting bill in the early part of 2020. S.213 is a mobile-only sports betting bill. With neighboring state New Hampshire and New York already having legal sports betting and Maine possibly getting approval this week, Vermont is now trying to play catch-up. The proposed bill will set a 10% tax on gross gaming revenue and sports betting will be overseen by Vermont’s Board of Liquor and Lottery. If the bill succeeds, “this act shall take effect on July 1, 2020”.
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Arizona (+4) vs Oregon – 9:00 PM
The Arizona Wildcats (11-3) take on the Oregon Ducks (12-3) tonight in Eugene. The Wildcats responded with a 75-47 win against Arizona State after losing their previous game to St. John’s 70-67. Oregon responded with a win in their last game after losing their previous game as well, defeating Utah 69-64.
Arizona’s three losses have come to Baylor, Gonzaga and St. John’s, all by five or fewer points. The Wildcats are eighth in the country in points scored per game (83.1), thanks mostly to them shooting 49.1% from the field (10th-best). They are also a great three-point shooting team, hitting at 37% (46th). Their 73.2% shooting from the free-throw line (84th) makes this a dangerous team that can score from anywhere on the court. The Arizona defense is pretty solid as well. The Wildcats are 68th in points allowed per game (64) and 12th in FG% allowed (36.9%). They can even defended from deep (30.7%, good for 89th).
Oregon has had a slightly tougher schedule but they have some weaker losses than Arizona that include a bad UNC team (78-74) and a good not great Colorado (74-65). The Ducks do have some solid wins over Memphis, Houston, Seton Hall and Michigan. Oregon is 40th in the country in points per game (78.5) and they are in the Top 11 in FG% (49.1%) and 3PT% (39.9%). One place they have struggled in from the free-throw line, shooting just 67.7% (243rd). The Ducks defense hasn’t been bad this season. They are 119th in points per game allowed (66.4) and are 33rd in opponent FG% (38.7%).
This should be a great PAC-12 game that might even come down to the final possession of the game. Being at home, it is understandable why Oregon is a four-point favorite but I feel this game will be closer than that. Arizona is a dangerous team that can score as well as almost any team in the country. Oregon’s defense is solid but not great so they may be in for a rough night. The Ducks’ bad free-throw shooting could cost them this game, especially late. I like Arizona as the better team on both sides of the ball against a schedule that wasn’t much easier than the one Oregon has played. Getting four points is a lot in this situation so I am rolling with the Wildcats +4. The formula has this one as a virtual tie with a very small edge to Oregon 72.12 – 71.96.