Oregon Ducks Vs. Vanderbilt Commodores 11/16/12 Scott’s Free College Basketball Pick Against the Spread
The Vanderbilt Commodores make the cross country trip by heading to Eugene to challenge the Oregon Ducks in this nonconference match. The Commodores head into this game 1-0 after beating Nichols State Colonels by the score of 80-65. The Ducks are 2-0 in the early season after they defeated NAU 83-73 and Portland State 80-69.
The Commodores under head coach Kevin Stallings have been a thorn in the side of many SEC opponents over the past few years. Last year Stallings lead the Commodores to a 25-11 overall record including a 10-6 SEC mark, which was good for second in the conference. However, that all appears to change for the time being as the Commodores do not return a single starter from last year’s roster. Stallings is turning to 6-4 sophomore Kedren Johnson to help guide the team and in the team’s first game Johnson responded as well as we could by dropping 25 points to lead the Commodores in scoring. 6-6 freshman Kevin Bright who is from Germany, showed off his impressive athleticism and defensive prowess by scoring 15 points and adding 8 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Don’t expect the Commodores to challenge Kentucky and Florida for SEC supremacy but they should be able to be a middle of the pack in the SEC.
The young Oregon Ducks have beaten their two Big Sky oppositions by less than impressive fashion. The Ducks eked out a victory NAU by 10 but compare that to the beat down UNLV put on NAU and it’s not even comparable. It’s never a good thing to have two freshmen who are your leading scorers but that are exactly what the Ducks have in Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson. Artis is averaging 13 ppg while shooting a pretty impressive 47% from the floor. Dotson on the other hand is assisting with 12.5 ppg on 62% shooting and is also chipping in with 6 rpg. While it is nice that the Ducks are getting valuable experience and production, they are going to need some of their upperclassman to step up if they are going to be competitive in the Pac-12. Seniors Tony Woods and E.J. Singler are talented players and should look to take the burden off the super freshmen.
Prediction: We have two teams that are going through the rebuilding process and are trying to mix and match lineups that include veterans and youngsters. That makes it incredibly tough to try and gauge how good the teams are and more importantly who is going to win and cover. I am going to side with the Ducks as I expect the cross country trip will take its toll on the Commodores but I wouldn’t be totally surprised if they were able to win. I don’t love this game but I am going to side with Oregon getting the win and cover.