The Tennessee State Tigers and Oregon Ducks face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Matthew Knight Arena.
Will N'Faly Dante Return for Oregon?
The big question for Oregon heading into this game is if N'Faly Dante will return. In the first game he was injured and he missed the last game. If Dante can’t go, that would be a big loss for Oregon. Oregon comes into this game with a 2-0 record overall and they have looked good in the first two games. Oregon on the season is averaging 78.5 points while their defense is giving up 66 points per game. They are averaging 68 field goals a game where is 35th in the league. Nate Bittle on the season is averaging 15 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. In this game, Oregon needs to get the offense out to a fast start.
Can Tennessee State win Fourth Straight Game?
Tennessee State comes into this game with a 3-0 record overall and the offense has really found success. In the last game against Portland, Tennessee State scored 75 points and they ended up winning by ten points. They scored 42 points in the first half and they never looked back on the way to the victory. Forward Christian Brown had a strong game putting up 24 points, three rebounds, and one assist. Tennessee State on the season is averaging 78 points while their defense is giving up 61.3 points per game.
Shane’s Free Pick
This is a big step up in competition, but Tennessee State is going to find success here. Tennessee State’s offense has been running up the score heading into this game. Tennessee State’s defense is giving up only 61.3 points per game and although they might not hold Oregon to that, the defense is going to really step up here. Oregon will still win the game but Tennessee State is going to cover the spread. Back Tennessee State against the spread.