Oregon vs. Colorado Pac-12 Tournament- 3/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Buffaloes (15-16) at Oregon Ducks (23-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Oregon Ducks and the Colorado Buffaloes face off on Thursday in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Pac-12 college basketball tournament action.
The Oregon Ducks are 23-8 this season and they finished in third place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon is averaging 76 points and they are shooting 46 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Joseph Young leads the Ducks averaging 19.8 points per game. Elgin Cook is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, Dillon Brooks is averaging 11.4 points, and Dwayne Benjamin is averaging 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Oregon is 0-2 in neutral site games and 13-5 in the Pac-12.
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The Colorado Buffaloes are 15-16 this season and they earned their spot in this game by knocking off Oregon State on Wednesday. Colorado is averaging 68 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Askia Booker leads the Buffaloes averaging 17.2 points per game. Josh Scott is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, Xavier Johnson is averaging 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Wesley Gordon is averaging 6.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Colorado is 2-1 in neutral site games and 8-11 in the Pac-12.
Oregon is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 neutral site games, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Colorado is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600. Colorado has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
I expect a track meet and with the total at 140.5 I see this one going over and that is my free pick.