Oregon vs. Omaha - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon vs. Omaha - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Omaha Mavericks (3-6) at Oregon Ducks (4-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

The Line: Oregon Ducks -19 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Omaha Mavericks will travel to Matthew Knight Arena to take on the Oregon Ducks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Omaha Mavericks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-6 on the season after being defeated by the Seattle Redhawks, 90-71, this past Thursday night. Omaha trailed by just a 39-35 margin at halftime, however, shouldn’t fight back after a 10-1 Seattle run gave the RedHawks a 67-55 lead with 9:26 left in regulation. Omaha allowed Seattle to shoot 54.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Redhawks by a 36-23 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Matt Pile who had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Omaha is averaging 74.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Jackson (19.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), JT Gibson (13.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg), KJ Robinson (11.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), and Matt Pile (9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

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Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -5.7 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Oregon Ducks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the Houston Cougars, 65-61, this past Saturday. Oregon trailed by a 37-18 margin at halftime and although they made solid comeback effort at the end, they couldn’t fight all the way back for the win. Oregon shot just 39.6% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Ducks was Bol Bol who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and an assist.

On the season, Oregon is averaging 77.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Ducks are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon has been led by Bol Bol (21.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg), Payton Pritchard (13.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Paul White (8.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Will Richardson (8.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Oregon is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 34.8% shooting from the field. The Ducks have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Pac-12 opponents however, just 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games. The Ducks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.

Omaha continues to struggle on the road as they are just 1-5 on the road and I imagine they will continue to struggle as their defense comes into this matchup ranked 288th in scoring defense and 327th in defensive FG%. Oregon picked up a nice win against Syracuse early this season but its been a struggle as of late which included a stunning home lost to Texas Southern last week. Oregon hasn’t been playing well lately however, their defense has been for the most part be solid this season as it comes into this game ranked T-89th in scoring defense and 2nd in defensive FG% and I think they’ll bounce back here with a 20-point victory.

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Brett’s Pick Oregon Ducks -19

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