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Oregon Ducks vs. Holy Cross Crusaders - 3/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Holy Cross Crusaders (14-19) vs. Oregon Ducks (28-6)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -- See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Oregon Ducks will play the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Holy Cross Crusaders are 14-19 (5-13) and are coming off of a win against Southern by a score of 59-55 in their first game of the tournament. Holy Cross is the #16 seed in the West Region and will play the #1 ranked Oregon Ducks. Holy Cross won the Patriot Tournament by defeating Loyola (MD), Bucknell, Army, and Lehigh. Before the conference tournament, Holy Cross finished the regular season by losing 7 of their last 8 games. Holy Cross is averaging 65.3 points per game while giving up 69.7 points per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 30.1 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Malachi Alexander is averaging 12 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Holy Cross. Robert Champion is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders. Holy Cross is shooting 69.3% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 41.3% on all field goal attempts.

Oregon Ducks vs. Holy Cross Crusaders - 3/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oregon Ducks are 28-6 (14-4) and are coming off of a win against Utah by a score of 88-57 in the PAC-12 championship game. Oregon is the #1 seed in the West Region and played very well to end the season. Oregon defeated Washington, Arizona, and Utah in the PAC-12 Tournament. Before the conference tournament, Oregon finished the regular season by winning their last 5 games. Oregon is averaging 78.8 points per game while giving up 69.1 points per game. Oregon is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for Oregon. Elgin Cook is averaging 14.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Ducks. Oregon is shooting 71.3% on free throws, 34.9% on three-pointers, and 46.7% on all field goal attempts.

Holy Cross is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. Holy Cross is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 neutral site games for Holy Cross. Oregon is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. Oregon is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. The under is 5-2 in Oregon’s last 7 games.

Oregon is the better team in this matchup and should be able to win this game easily. Oregon is the better offensive team in this matchup, while both teams are similar in points against. Holy Cross doesn’t rebound the ball very well, while Oregon is the better shooting team. I like Oregon to win big here. 

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