Cappers Back Favorites in Oregon vs. UCLA

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:13 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 3:13 PM GMT

The Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins are two of the better offensive teams in the country, as they prepare to close out their regular season series Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Pac-12 Conference showdown at Pauley Pavilion, with the opening tip scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Streaking

Oregon has won three games in a row, including a 67-53 victory over the Washington State Cougars as 13-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The Ducks have held their last eight opponents to under 32 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while they’ve knocked down 27 of their last 53 attempts from that critical scoring area.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 16-16 SU and 22-10 ATS as underdogs, with the UNDER going 19-13 in that situation.

Coming off a loss

UCLA has won and covered the spread in all three opportunities following a conference loss this season, as it attempts to bounce back from a 83-74 defeat to the Stanford Cardinal as two-point road underdogs last Saturday.

The Bruins lead the Pac-12 and rank ninth nationally in scoring 82.9 points a contest—a number that climbs to 86.6 at this venue.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 17-1 SU and 14-4 ATS as favorites this season.

Depth isnt' an issue

The Ducks have one of the best benches in all of college basketball—posting a 11.6-point advantage over opponents’ reserves during the 2013-14 campaign.

Oregon is 10-8 SU versus top 125 RPI teams this year, while posting a perfect 8-0 mark against foes that are higher than that number.

Anderson

Bruins forward Kyle Anderson is one of the best all-around players in the country, as no player has averaged as close to a triple-double on the season than him—averaging 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

It’s important to point out that he’s averaging 17.7, 10.3 and 7.0 in those three areas in seven conference home games.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bruins as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the Ducks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games versus teams with a winning record.

Pick: UCLA Bruins -6.5

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