Brigham Young Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks - 3/20/14
Brigham Young Cougars (23-11) vs. Oregon Ducks (23-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 20, 2014 (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Brigham Young Cougars and Oregon Ducks will clash Thursday in a NCAA tournament game. Both teams received an at-large bit to make the tournament.
The Cougars will play their first full game without Kyle Collingsworth, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the WAC tournament. When healthy, the BYU Cougars are an offensive machine, averaging 84.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Junior guard Tyler Haws is BYU's best player, averaging 23.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Brigham Young has scored 78 or more points in four of its last five games. However, the Cougars struggle with a 69 free throw shooting percentage. Defensively, the Cougars allow 77.5 points on 43 percent shooting. They are 13-18 ATS overall this season.
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The Ducks are also a team that relies heavily on offense, as they have three players averaging at least 12.4 points, and they shoot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Junior guard Joseph Young is the Oregon Ducks best player, averaging 18.6 points and shooting 41.6 percent from downtown. On the season the Oregon Ducks average 81.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. The Ducks have scored 80-plus points in four of their last nine games, and they shoot 76.6 percent from the charity stripe. Defensively, Oregon allows 74 points on 44.2 percent shooting. The Ducks are 17-11-3 ATS overall.
The Cougars are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 NCAA Tournament games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Ducks are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
This is a surprisingly low spread given the injury to Collingsworth. He’s BYU's second-leading scorer with 14 points and best rebounder at 8.1 boards.
I’m not sure the Cougars have enough on either side of the ball to knock off Oregon or keep the score under the small chalk. I’ll gladly back the Ducks now before the spread gets any higher.