NCAA Basketball Picks: Oregon St. vs. Oregon

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers have met an NCAA record 341 times, but they’ll face off for the first time in Pac-12 Tournament play Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball lines for this rivalry affair.

Inconsistent

Oregon State has been extremely inconsistent since moving into conference play, as it attempts to win back-to-back games for the first time since the beginning of February.

It’s important to point out that the Beavers have covered the point spread in their last four affairs, including a 78-76 overtime victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils as one-point home favorites last Saturday.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 8-6 SU and 9-5 ATS in March.

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Red hot

Oregon is 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS over its last seven games, as it comes off a 64-57 victory over the Arizona Wildcats as 3.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 142.

The Ducks have a good opportunity of continuing their current win streak due to their 16-8 SU record in this event since 2002.

College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 11-4 SU and 12-2-1 ATS in tournament play the last two-plus seasons.

Civil War

The Beavers and Ducks will be meeting up for the 342nd time in the Civil War—making it the most contested rivalry in college basketball history.

Both teams protected their home floor during the regular season, while the UNDER is on a 7-3 run in the last 10 overall meetings.

A daunting task

The No. 7 seed has never captured this event, which is important to consider if you have plans of backing the Ducks to cut down the nets in the futures market.

Oregon is 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven games on a neutral floor, while Oregon’s State’s last five victories in this tournament have come as a lower seed.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Beavers as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the Ducks failed to impress as favorites during the regular season.

Oregon State also has the Pac-12’s leading scorer in senior guard Roberto Nelson, who has earned that distinction for a second consecutive year.

Pick: Oregon State Beavers +7

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