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Oregon vs. Prairie View A&M - 11/13/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Prairie View A&M Panthers (0-1) at Oregon Ducks (1-0)

College Basketball: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -27.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Prairie View A&M Panthers will travel to Matthew Knight Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Prairie View A&M Panthers didn’t make it easy on themselves, opening the season with back to back games against Pac-12 competition, and will look for their first win of the season after being defeated by the Utah Utes, 83-62, this past Friday night. Leading the way for Prairie View A&M was Gary Blackston who finished the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Also contributing for the Panthers was Zachary Hamilton (10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Dennis Jones (16 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals). Prairie View A&M finished last season with a 13-20 (10-8 SWAC) overall record, which was a major improvement from their 2015-16 campaign, however, it will be difficult to continue to improve after losing both Tevin Bellinger (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg) and Ja’Donta Blakley (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 apg). Prairie View A&M does return three starters in Zachary Hamilton (15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Troy Thompson (10.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg), and Shay’rone Jett (5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg). Prairie View A&M will have trouble finding production in the frontcourt but should be encouraged by the production they received by returning center JD Wallace. The Panthers also look like they will be relying heavily on newcomers Dennis Jones and Gary Blackston who both received major minutes in their season opener.

Oregon vs. Prairie View A&M - 11/13/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oregon Ducks started their quest to get back to the NCAA Final Four with an impressive 70-54 victory over the Coppin State Eagles this past Friday night. Oregon had their foot on the gas pedal from the start in this one and easily cruised to victory after taking a 42-14 halftime lead. Leading the way for the Ducks was Roman Sorkin who went 8-9 from the field and finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. Also contributing for the Ducks was Troy Brown (18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) and Payton Pritchard (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal). Oregon finished last season with an impressive 33-6 record (16-2 Pac-12) and made it to the NCAA Final Four before losing a close fought battle to eventual champion, North Carolina. Oregon lost a ton of talent from last year’s squad, especially in Dillon Brooks (16.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Chris Boucher (11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Tyler Dorsey (14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg), and Jordan Bell (10.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg), however still has the potential to be a top-25 team in the country led by Payton Pritchard (7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.6 apg). Oregon has to be encouraged by the play of big man Roman Sorkin who averaged just 3.2 ppg last season and will hope that talented newcomers, Troy Brown and MiKyle McIntosh cane come and make immediate contributions for the Ducks.

The Ducks finished last season with an 22-15-1 ATS record and was 9-6 ATS in home games. Prairie View A&M finished last season just an 1-2 ATS record and was 0-1 ATS in away games.

Prairie View A&M played Utah better than I expected, however, this team just doesn’t have the talent to hang around with a team of Oregon’s caliber. Oregon is a talented team that showed in the 1st half of their season opener how dangerous they can be on both ends of the court and as I think the Ducks will come out with more competitiveness for the entire 40 minutes after allowing Coppin State to outscore them in the 2nd half, I’m taking Oregon to cover this large spread at home. 

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