Free NCAA BAsketball Picks: Grab Oregon Chalky Odds When Betting Agasint Washington St.

Willie Bee

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:33 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 2:33 PM UTC

Tied atop the Pac-12 standings with preseason favorite Arizona, the Oregon Ducks are heavy favorites on the NCAA basketball odds boards Wednesday night against Washington State.

It's a shame that three-quarters of the country can't catch a lot of West Coast college basketball games live in prime-time. Even my dedication to staying up late and watching at least the first halves of late-night affairs has waned a bit, most likely due to my ever advancing years.

Among the things missed along the way is another exciting race in the West Coast Conference between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, a sneaky Cinderella in the form of Grand Canyon which has the WAC interesting, and a San Diego State squad that has dominated the Mountain West.

Not to mention, there's a helluva' battle taking place in a somewhat forgotten Pac-12 where one of the co-leaders will be in action Wednesday night. A rested and ready Oregon Ducks team takes their home floor in Eugene for the next-to-last home game of the season, and their next victim, er, opponent is Washington State. The Ducks and Cougars meet for the only time this season with the Pac-12 Network beaming the action into living rooms, bars and, yes, bedrooms which is where I'll be watching the 10 PM (ET) broadcast.

The game has yet to show up on SBR's live college basketball odds; when the numbers do come out, we should see Oregon favored by 18-19 with a total in the upper-140s.


Fading Wazzu & Betting The 'Under' A Winning Combination
Little was expected from Washington State (9-18 straight up, 10-16 against the spread), and the Cougars have certainly lived up to the projections. Actually, they have exceeded the lack of expectations with a string of 13 consecutive losses heading into this Hump Day collision.

Not only is Ernie Kent's crew losing on the scoreboard, the Cougs have also been losing against the NCAA basketball odds boards with only two winning tickets during the losing streak. Washington State has also been a strong 'under' play since late January, eight of the last nine failing to reach the totals.

Ranked No. 13 in both polls, Oregon (21-6 SU, 13-10-1 ATS) managed to stop a damaging 2-game losing streak with a Civil War win at home vs. Oregon State this past weekend. The 91-81 decision was still a loser vs. the spread, however, to extend that string to three. The final was also the third consecutive 'over' for the Ducks, due in large part to the defense allowing opponents to connect at nearly a 53% clip from the field and over 54% from beyond the arc.

Dana Altman's lads should be rested since the OSU game was their only contest in the last 11 days. They'll play their last home game this Sunday vs. Washington before closing out the campaign in Los Angeles against UCLA and USC next week.


Ducks Have Prevailed 8 Of Last 9 Vs. Cougars
As mentioned, Wednesday's get-together is the only time the two schools will meet this year, unless they tangle in the Pac-12 Tournament which would mean a shocking run by Washington State., and that's not going to happen. It's the 290th time the teams have collided with Oregon holding a 165-124 advantage after the teams split their 2014-15 meetings.

A 108-99 overtime win in Pullman snapped a 7-game losing streak for the Cougars in the series. The Ducks then rolled easily over Wazzu on this floor, easily covering a 10½ point spread with a 95-72 decision that gave 'over' bettors winners in both meetings. It was Oregon's third spread beater in the last four clashes and stopped a 2-game streak for the 'under' in Eugene.

Will Altman keep the pedal to the metal with a bigger game against UW coming up this weekend? I believe he and the Ducks will which is why they're my free NCAA basketball pick.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon -19
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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