Oregon vs. Utah - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (8-3) at Oregon Ducks (10-3)
College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Utah Utes will travel to Matthew Knight Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Utah Utes improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Northwestern State Demons, 84-62, on December 20th. Utah took care of business early in this one, taking a 26-7 lead midway through the 1st half, and led by double-digits throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Utah shot 41.3% from the field and 41.7% (15-36) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Utes was Justin Bibbins who had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Utah is averaging 77.5 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -0.2. Offensively, Utah has been led by David Collette (13.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 spg), Justin Bibbins (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Tyler Rawson (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 bpg), and Sedrick Barefield (10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 apg). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
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The Oregon Ducks won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-3 on the season after defeating the Central Arkansas Bears, 96-82, on December 20th. Oregon was outstanding on the offensive end in the 1st half and held a steady lead throughout the 2nd half after taking a 55-40 lead at halftime. Oregon shot 62.1% from the field and 60.0% (12-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ducks was Payton Pritchard who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. On the season, Oregon is averaging 85.3 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Ducks are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon has been led by Payton Pritchard (16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Elijah Brown (13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Troy Brown (11.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Paul White (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Oregon is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 38.5% shooting from the field. The Ducks have a rebound margin of 8.1 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Ducks are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 Friday games however, just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Utah has been trading wins and losses throughout the month of December and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Utes currently rank 123rd in scoring offense and T-95th in scoring defense. Oregon has played better as of late during their 5-game winning streak and have been outstanding on the offensive end this season as the Ducks rank 27th in scoring offense, 67th in FG%, and 28th in rebound margin. Utah has struggled on the raod this season as they are just 2-3 away from home this season and as I like how the Ducks have looked in their recent wins against Portland State and Fresno State, I’m taking Oregon to cover this home spread.