The No. 23 Oregon Ducks (17-4) travel to Wells Fargo Arena to battle the Arizona State Sun Devils (12-9). Oregon is favored by 2 points on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total hasn't been set.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon -2
Best Line Offered: at Heritage
The Oregon Ducks have won three straight games to move to first place in the Pac-12 standings with a 6-2 record in conference play, a half a game ahead of the second place USC Trojans. Oregon is coming off a tough 83-75 road win against No. 18 Arizona, ending their 49-game home winning streak. Dillon Brooks finished with 24 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 15 points as the Ducks outscored the Sun Devils 19-11 over the final 6:30 minutes.
The Ducks average 77.7 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting overall and 34.9 percent shooting from three-point range and they pull down 36.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, Oregon allows 67.7 points per game and their opponents shoot 41.4 percent from the floor and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Dillon Brooks leads Oregon with 16.6 points per game, Elgin Cook averages 13.5 points and 1.4 steals and Tyler Dorsey adds 13.3 points per game.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off an impressive 86-68 win against Oregon State last Thursday, which was just their second victory in the last eight games. The offense shined with five players scoring in double figures, led by Obinna Oleka's 17 points. Gerry Blakes added 16 points.
Arizona State scores 76.2 points per game and shoots 43.3 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and they grab 38.3 rebounds per game. The Sun Devils allow 72.1 points per game and their opponents shoot 44.4 percent overall and 35.2 percent from three-point range and pull down 31.3 rebounds per game.
Tra Holder averages team-bests 15.5 points, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals, Gerry Blakes adds 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and Willie Atwood and Savon Goodman score 10.5 points per game each.
Oregon is 10-7-1 ATS, 5-3 ATS vs. conference opponents and 11-2 ATS as a favorite. Arizona State is 10-9-1 ATS, 3-3-1 ATS in away games and 3-4-1 ATS vs. conference opponents.
Oregon is a 2-point favorite on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total has not been set. Arizona State rolled over Oregon State but they had lost their previous three games, playing poor basketball while Oregon is coming off huge wins against No. 21 USC, UCLA and at Arizona. I can't ignore Oregon's recent form and the level of competition that they have been able to overcome lately. I'm taking the Ducks -2 with one of my NCAA Basketball picks.