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Baylor vs. Oregon - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon Ducks (8-3) at Baylor Bears (6-4)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Baylor Bears -2.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
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The Oregon Ducks visit the Baylor Bears in college basketball action from the Ferrell Center on Friday night.

The Oregon Ducks come into this game looking to build on their 4-game winning streak after a 71-64 win over Florida A&M in their last outing. Victor Bailey Jr. led the Ducks with 16 points while Paul White added 13 points and Pritchard chipped in 10 points with 4 steals with White and Pritchard each dishing out a team-high 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Oregon in the win. Kenny Wooten added a team-high 7 rebounds while Louis King and Francis Okoro each pulled down 6 boards with King adding 9 points as well in the victory. Bol Bol missed the game and is questionable for this game due to a foot injury, but still leads Oregon with an average of 21 points per game while Wooten leads the Ducks with 5 rebounds per game and Pritchard leads Oregon with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Oregon is averaging 75.3 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the 3-point line and 76.4% from the foul line this season. The Ducks are also tough defensively, allowing the 6th-lowest field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.8% from the field this season.

The Baylor Bears will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games after a 59-58 upset loss to Stephen F. Austin as 13-point favorites. Tristan Clark led the Bears with 24 points on a perfect 9 of 9 shooting with 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks while Makai Mason added 11 points and a team-high 4 assists as the only other Baylor player to score in double figures in the loss. Mark Vital added 7 points and team-highs of 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Clark leads Baylor in scoring with 14.1 points per game while Vital leads the Bears on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game and King McClure leads the Bears with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Baylor is averaging 70.5 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 27.9% from behind the arc and 64.9% from the foul line this season.

Oregon is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Baylor is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.

Oregon hasn’t done jack against the spread on the road dating back to last season, and the absence of Bol for this game doesn’t do much for my confidence for Oregon. However, following up a massive win against Arizona with yet another inconsistent performance by losing to Stephen F. Austin doesn’t do anything for me with Baylor as it’s hard to trust the Bears to put up 60 lately. Oregon hasn’t been lighting the world on fire lately either, but they’ve been getting the job done on defense, giving up 65 or less in each of their last 5 games so I’m more confident that the Ducks can get the job done here but I’ll take the free bucket just to be safe.

Oregon +2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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