UC Irvine vs. Oregon - 3/24/19 NCAA College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine at Oregon
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8:40 PM (SAP Center )
Oregon Ducks -4.5 O/U: 124.5
The UC Irvine Anteaters and the Oregon Ducks will meet up on the college basketball court in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday.
Oregon comes in here at 24-12 overall on the year. The Ducks took out Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament, then came out in the First Round of the Big Dance with a 72-54 upset over Wisconsin Friday.
In the win over the Badgers, Oregon’s lead scorer was Payton Pritchard with 19 points, eight assists and five rebonds. Louis King also had a nice line for the Ducks in that one with 17 points and four boards.
Over on the UC Irvine side, they’re 31-5 overall. The Anteaters plowed through the Big West Tournament, then managed a shocking upset of Kansas State in First Round action on Friday.
In the win over the Wildcats, UC Irvine’s Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard each bagged 19 points to lead the team, and combined for 10 rebounds with four assists. Elston Jones added 11 points and five boards for the Anteaters there as well.
The Anteaters are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine after an ATS win and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 after a straight-up win. UC-Irvine is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 versus the Pac-12.
Meanwhile, the Ducks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four NCAA Tournament games and 9-0 ATS in their last nine overall. Oregon is 5-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 versus the Big West.
Oregon is on a nice run right now, following that stretch of Pac-12 play and keeping things going in a great victory over Wisconsin. That makes nine straight wins for the Ducks, and they’ve really been solid defensively for the most part during that run.
Basically, this is a matchup not too many people projected, but it’ll make for a fun-to-watch game. All things considered, I think the Anteaters are a bit out of their element (though that hasn’t stopped them before) and I’m going to stick with the Ducks on the cover. Realistically, I’m probably not going near this game, but the over does seem tempting—both these teams can put up the points.