Oregon vs. Arizona - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Wildcats (13-1) at Oregon Ducks (11-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)
The Line: Oregon Ducks +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats face off on Thursday at McArthur Court in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The Oregon Ducks are 11-3 this season and they have won their last six games in a row. Oregon is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 68 points and their opponents shoot 37.8 percent from the floor. Joseph Young leads the Ducks averaging 20.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Dillon Brooks is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, Elgin Cook is averaging 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Dwayne Benjamin is averaging 7.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Oregon is 10-1 at home this season.
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The Arizona Wildcats are 13-1 this season and ranked number seven in the nation and they bounced back from their first loss of the year by stomping Arizona State by 24 points in their Pac-12 opener. Arizona is averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 50.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.5 points and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game to lead the Wildcats. Brandon Ashley is averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Gabe York is averaging 9.4 points. Arizona is 1-1 on the road this season and are the ninth best shooting team in the nation.
Oregon is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 6-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 33-15-3 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Arizona is 7-3 against the spread against the Pac-12, 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.
The Ducks can score and play with anyone so giving them five points at home is difficult to pass on.