Oregon vs. Stanford
Despite being the unranked team in this Pac-12 battle, the Cardinal are favored by three points at the top sportsbooks. On the season they've gone 7-10-1 ATS.
Tonight's total can be found at 138, with the line having risen from an opening number of 137. The OVER is 6-5 in games featuring Stanford this season but just 4-8 in those involving Oregon.
No team is hotter in the Pac-12 than the Ducks, who have reeled off nine straight wins, including triumphs over Arizona (70-66) and UCLA (76-67).
Over the weekend Oregon kept the streak alive with a 81-76 home victory over Washington. It wasn't the prettiest defensive performance, but the Ducks were hitting everything (57.8 percent from the floor overall) and were able to seal the W.
E.J. Singler led the way with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Arsalan Kazemi came through with a big double-double. He had 11 points and 11 rebounds. That said, Ernie Kent couldn't have been pleased with his team's performance whatsoever, considering his kids turned the ball over 23 times and allowed the Huskies to shoot 51.9 percent.
Surely there was an emphasis on some of those mental errors in practice early this week as Oregon looks to notch their tenth straight win tonight
Unfortunately for the Ducks, they will be without starting guard Dominic Artis, who's dealing with a foot injury and was absent in the win over Washington. Artis has been a crucial part of Oregon's balanced scoring offense, averaging 10.2 points per game.
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There's been no semblance of consistency for Stanford this season, especially ever since conference play started up. The Cardinal have alternated wins and losses over their last six games.
However, nothing went wrong in Sunday's 87-56 beatdown of Utah. Stanford came in favored by three points and crushed the college basketball odds in style, jumping out to a 20-point lead by halftime and never looking back.
As usual, Chasson Randle, Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis were the catalysts. Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, Powell posted a 11/9/5 line with two blocks and Huestis was good for 13 points and seven boards. John Gage made the most of his time off the bench, scoring 19 points in just 17 minutes.
If only everything would click like that on a consistent basis for the Cardinal. This is the same team that lost by 21 to Colorado just three days prior to the W over the Utes.
Powell and Randle are going to be counted on to make life difficult on Oregon. Powell is averaging 14.5 PPG and 7.6 RPG on the season, while Randle is the only other Cardinal that's putting up double-digit scoring at 13.8 points per game.
The Ducks won both encounters last year, winning by 11 at home and then by four on the road. They also managed to cover the spread in both wins.
Still, Oregon has covered in only one of their last five contests ahead of tonight's tipoff, while the Cardinal are 4-1 ATS over their previous five home games. Stanford looked terrific against Utah the other day and will be hoping to carry over that momentum into tonight.
We just don't feel the Cardinal deserve to be favorites here though. Even with a key player in Artis out, the Ducks have enough other weapons to get the job done. Oregon has also played well on the road this season, beating UNLV, UCLA, USC and Oregon State.
With that said, we're adding the Ducks to our college basketball picks.
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