Free NCAA Basketball Picks on Oregon vs. Mississippi

Willie Bee

Sunday, December 8, 2013 5:48 PM GMT

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 5:48 PM GMT

Can the Oregon Ducks give us a profitable betting opportunity when they face the Mississippi Rebels. Let's see the college basketball betting odds and find out!

One more win, and the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team can match the football squad with an 8-0 start.  It won't be easy, though, as the Ducks are going to have to travel 2,400 miles to face the Ole Miss Rebels in what will be Oregon's first official road game of the 2013-14 schedule.

Of course, the Ducks did travel a bit farther than that for their season opener in South Korea, that 82-75 victory over Georgetown at Camp Humphreys near Seoul beginning this unbeaten start to the campaign.

The tip is set for a little past 5 PM (ET) at Tad Smith Coliseum, and will be available for home viewers via ESPNU. The opening college basketball odds made the Rebels slim 1 point favorites on their own floor to upset the 19th-ranked Ducks.  Most shops have upped that a bit to Ole Miss -1.5.

Scoreboard bettors are still awaiting the total to be released, and SBRforum.com will have that figure just as soon as it comes out.

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Frontcourt Still A Work In Progress For Ducks

A lot was expected from Oregon this year after Dana Altman took his team to the Sweet 16 last March before falling to eventual champ Louisville.  Considering the Ducks lost a stellar frontcourt trio in EJ Singler, Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods, those expectations say a lot about the job Altman and his staff have done putting Oregon basketball on the map.

Being able to add Mike Moser was a big step in remaking the frontcourt, along with Juco transfer Elgin Cook.  Moser, who started his collegiate career at UCLA before spending the past two seasons at UNLV, looks like the same player he was in 2011-12 when averaging a double-double for the Runnin' Rebels.  Cook is second to Moser in rebounding for Oregon, and one of four Ducks to average at least 10 points per game.

Altman was also able to land Joseph Young from Houston, and the 6-2 junior guard is leading Oregon with 20.3 points per game while joining Jason Calliste (11.1 ppg) and Damyeon Dotson to form a fantastic backcourt trio.  Once Dominic Artis returns from his suspension, it's going to be tough to find time for all four to play.

Still, despite Moser and Cook, the Ducks have been beaten on the boards on this year and that is a huge concern going up against the Rebels.  That has been especially true in giving opponents second looks at the basket with Oregon allowing foes over 13 offensive rebounds per match.

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Rebels Tough To Beat In Oxford

Mississippi is coming off its one and only loss of the schedule after dropping a close one at Kansas State on Thursday.  That was the first game for the Rebels following their Barclays Center Classic title in Brooklyn during Thanksgiving weekend, and the 61-58 defeat to the Wildcats, who were 1.5 point favorites, can be summed up in Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson's performance.

You never want to put all the blame on one player, but in this case it's warranted after the senior guard found the net just four times in 18 attempts, including 2-of-13 from long-range.  Henderson, who led the Rebels with 20.1 PPG in 2012-13, is second on the squad this is time with a 14.8 PPG clip.

One thing Mississippi does very well is get in your face and protect the rim.  The Rebels are one of the top rebounding teams in the country, and second in the country at blocking shots (8.4).  One thing the Rebels do not do is lose at home to non-conference opponents.  Ole Miss is 62-2 at Smith Coliseum since Andy Kennedy arrived before the 2006-07 season, winning all three matchups so far while pushing the only home game that didn't have a spread.

Oregon is one of 15 unbeaten teams remaining, and I believe the Ducks will still have a zero in the loss column when the final buzzer sounds in this game.  My free college basketball pick will be on the road 'dogs in this fight.

College Basketball Pick: Oregon +1.5

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