Oregon Ducks vs. Portland State Vikings - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland State Vikings (4-0) at Oregon Ducks (3-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac 12 Network
The Portland State Vikings will travel to Matthew Knight Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks this Sunday night.
Portland State remained a perfect 4-0 on the season after their 63-55 victory over the CS Northridge Matadors this past Wednesday. Portland State was able to stake themselves to a big lead early in the second half and had to hang on as they went cold on the offensive end scoring only 1 field goal in the last 11+ minutes of the game. Leading the Vikings in their victory were Tiegbe Bamba who had 18 points (7-10 FG), 8 rebounds and Gary Winston who had 15 points and 4 assists. Portland State has been projected to be one of the better teams in the Big Sky Conference this year as Head Coach Tyler Geving has two all-conference players in DaShaun Wiggins and Gary Winston. On the season, DaShaun Wiggins has been averaging a solid 16.0 points per game as Gary Winston has been chipping in with an average of 8.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg. The Vikings have been putting up solid offensive numbers as they are currently averaging 78.3 ppg on 46.0% shooting. For the Vikings to continue their early season success, they will need to work harder on the boards as currently, they are only grabbing 31.0 rpg which ranks 303rd in the country.
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The Oregon Ducks come into this game 3-2 on the season after they suffered defeats to the 19 ranked Michigan Wolverines and 14th ranked VCU Rams over the past week. In their recent 77-63 loss to VCU the ducks were outrebounded 40-31, had 20 turnovers against the VCU “Havoc” defense, and allowed the Rams to shoot 50.0% from the field. The Ducks had 4 starters reach double digits and we lead by Dillon Brooks (15 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast) and Elgin Cook (11 pts, 9 reb, 3 stl). Oregon lost stars Jason Calliste and Mike Moser to graduation from a talented Ducks squad that made the NCAA tournament last year and also had to dismiss Damyean Doston due to some off the court issues. Coach Dana Altman does have one staple from last year’s team back in Joseph Young who is averaging 21.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 4.6 apg so far in the young season. Supporting Young has been Dillon Brooks (13.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Elgin Cook (12.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg). The Ducks offensive has been playing at a high level this season as they currently are averaging 78.8 ppg (ranked 39th in the country) and grabbing 42.8 rpg (ranked 27th), however, they will need to improve on the defense end as they are giving up an average of 69.2 ppg.
The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 game vs. the PAC-12.The Ducks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 12-5-1 in their last 18 games overall.
Portland State has had a great start to the season and although they have some talented players in DaShaun Wiggins and Gary Winston, I don’t think they will have enough firepower to match up with Joseph Young and the Oregon Ducks. I think Oregon will get back on track in front of their home crowd and put up a big victory against the Vikings. I’m going to roll with the Ducks in this one.