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Oregon Ducks vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/17/13

UC Irvine Anteaters (6-5) at Oregon Ducks (9-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The Oregon Ducks and the UC Irvine Anteaters face off on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Oregon Ducks have started the season at 9-0 and have clearly established themselves as one of the top teams in the nation. Following up on last year’s appearance in the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament the Ducks look to take it further this season. Houston transfer Joseph Young leads the Ducks in scoring averaging 19.4 points per game. Mike Moser is averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds, Johnathan Loyd is averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 assists, Elgin Cook is averaging 11 points, and Jason Calliste is averaging 10.4 points. Oregon is averaging 89.1 points and they are shooting 53.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Oregon appears to be one of the deepest teams in the nation and that should serve them well in Pac-12 play.

Oregon Ducks vs. UC Irvine Anteaters Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/17/13

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The UC Irvine Anteaters are 6-5 on the season and are coming off of a win that ended a two game losing skid. UC Irvine are battle tested playing the 104th ranked schedule in the nation and they are 3-2 on the road thus far. Chris McNealy leads the Anteaters averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Luke Nelson averages 11.7 points, Will Davis II is averaging 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Alex Young is averaging 10.4 points and 4.5 assists. UC Irvine is averaging 79.9 points and they are shooting 48.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. UC Irvine hasn’t beaten a team with a RPI better than 100.

Oregon is 5-1-1 against the spread against the Big West, 13-3-2 against the spread in their last 18 games overall, and 12-3-2 against the spread following a win. UC Irvine is 5-2-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Tuesday games.

Those who are Premium Members know I have been all over Oregon and believe right now they are looking like a Final Four team and I like them to over here.

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