Oklahoma State vs. Oregon - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-13) at Oregon Ducks (25-9)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oregon Ducks meet Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys were the seventh-best Big 12 team and have lost six of their last seven games. On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 66.5 point on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Le'Bryan Nash is averaging 17.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while Phil Forte III is averaging 15.1 points and 1.7 assists. Anthony Hickey Jr. is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Jeff Newberry is dishing 1.5 assists. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have five players averaging at least 6.7 points, and they're shooting 72.6 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last seven games.
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The Oregon Ducks were the third-best Pac-12 team and has won seven of its last eight. On the season, Oregon is averaging 75 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 71 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Joseph Young is averaging 20.2 points and 3.7 assists while Elgin Cook is averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Dwayne Benjamin is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Oregon Ducks have five players averaging at least 8.2 points, and they’re shooting 76 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Oregon is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last nine games.
The Cowboys are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Ducks are 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Oklahoma State is lucky to even be in this tournament after stinking it up to end the season. Regardless, Oregon is a dangerous team with its offense and it's tough to bet against Young. Look for the Ducks to fly in this one.