Oregon vs.Oklahoma State NCAA Tournament - 3/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-13) at Oregon Ducks (25-9)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm (Century Link Center)
The Line: Oregon Ducks +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oregon Ducks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys face off on Friday in Omaha in a first round game of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.
The Oregon Ducks finished the season at 25-9 and lost in the finals of the Pac-12 Tournament to land as an eight seen in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon is averaging 75.6 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Joseph Young leads the Ducks averaging 20.2 points per game. Elgin Cook is averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, Dillon Brooks is averaging 11.5 points, and Dwayne Benjamin is averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Oregon is 10-3 outside of the Pac-12 and 2-3 in neutral site games.
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys finished the season 18-13 but playing the 14th ranked schedule in the country it earns them a number nine seed in the NCAA Tournament despite ad early exit from the Big 12 Tournament. OSU Is averaging 67.3 points and they are shooting 43.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.9 percent. Le’Bryan Nash leads the Cowboys averaging 17.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Phil Forte III is averaging 15.1 points, Anthony Hickey Jr. is averaging 9.6 points, and Jeff Newberry is averaging 6.9 points. Oklahoma State is 10-2 outside of the Big 12 and 3-1 in neutral site games.
Oregon is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 8-3 against the spread against the Big 12, and 19-9-1 against the spread in 29 non-conference games. Oklahoma State is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games, 1-4 against the spread in the Pac—12, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games.
Oregon has played better in the big spots and they have been the much hotter team in recent months. Throw in the Ducks recent tourney success and they are my play here.