Oregon vs UC-Irvine - 3/23/19 NCAA College Basketball Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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UC-Irvine vs. Oregon

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8:40 PM (SAP Center)

Oregon Ducks -5 -- O/U: 122.5

The UC-Irvine Anteaters and the Oregon Ducks meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the SAP Center on Sunday.

The UC-Irvine Anteaters will look to build some steam after picking up a 70-64 upset win over Kansas State in the first round for the first NCAA tournament win in program history. Evan Leonard and Max Hazzard tied for the team-high with 19 points, with Hazzard nailing 5 threes while Leonard shot 4 of 7 with a pair of triples and a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Elston Jones added 11 points and Robert Cartwright had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UC-Irvine in the win. Hazzard leads UC-Irvine in scoring with 12.4 points per game while Jonathan Galloway leads the Anteaters in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Eyassu Worku is UC-Irvine’s top assist man with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, UR-Irvine is averaging 72.8 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

The Oregon Ducks punched their ticket to the second round after grabbing a 72-54 upset win over 5th-seeded Wisconsin in their first round matchup last time out. Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 19 points along with a team-high 8 assists and a pair of steals while Louis Kind added 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes. Paul White added 14 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Oregon in the winning effort. Kenny Wooten added 9 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 4 blocks as well in the victory. Pritchard leads Oregon in scoring and assists with 12.9 points and 4.6 assists per game while Wooten leads the Ducks in rebounding with an average of 4.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oregon is averaging 70.5 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

UC-Irvine is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the Pac-12 while the iver is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Oregon is 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Big West. UC-Irvine is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

UC-Irvine was an upset that I had in my bracket and it’s nice to see the Anteaters get that elusive first tournament win. However, Oregon was another upset that I had, and I have this feeling that Oregon is going to keep rolling here after being nothing but money down the stretch, winning the Pac-12 tournament along the way. I also think that the absence of Dean Wade for K-State was a big part of UC-Irvine winning outright, while Oregon has been working with what they’ve had at full strength since Bol Bol went down due to injury. This could have the feel of another homestyle game for UC-Irvine, but I think the Ducks will be up to the task and win this one by 6-8 points, covering the spread in the process.

Chris’s Pick Oregon -5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.