NCAA Basketball Picks: Oregon vs. Washington

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:48 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 3:48 PM GMT

Each conference game gets more and more important the closer we get to March. How will the Ducks fare on the road this evening against a solid home team in Washington?

Oregon vs. Washington 

Odds Overview

Many shops are offering NCAAB odds 1.5 and 2 points in terms of the betting spread right now, with Washington the favorite.

In total this season, the Ducks have gone 9-13 ATS, while the Huskies have gone the exact opposite at 13-9 ATS. Meanwhile, the total has been listed at 138, with the UNDER going 8-5 in games involving Washington and 11-5 in Oregon's matchups.

Oregon Ducks

The Ducks were finally able to stop the bleeding, ending a three-game losing streak by beating Utah 73-64 at home.

Arsalan Kazemi continued his dominance on the glass, hauling down 14 rebounds (five offensive) to go along with 11 points, four steals and three blocks. E.J. Singler was the main source of offense though – he ended up with a game-high 21 points and added eight boards.

Despite the win, Ducks backers weren't all too pleased, as they weren't able to cover as 13-point favorites.

Oregon has been a disaster ATS as of late, failing to cash in six consecutive contests. They're just 1-8 ATS over their last nine and have covered in only one of their previous four road games ahead of tonight.

The absence of starting point guard Dominic Artis has played a factor into the Ducks' recent struggles. Not only has Oregon found it difficult to cover for his ball-handling abilities, but they also miss Artis' ability to stretch the floor.

Washington Huskies

Conference play is starting to rear its ugly head for the Huskies, whom have lost six of their last seven straight up, despite going 4-3 ATS in those games.

Washington has had a few days to think about what went wrong in Sunday's 71-60 road loss to USC. The Huskies got a combined 38 points from Abdu Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye and Scott Suggs, but a horrific performance at the free throw line came back to haunt them.

The Huskies went just 4-of-14 from the charity stripe, with N'Diaye (2-of-9) the main culprit. In stark contrast, the Trojans were 14-of-15. Getting back on the home court on those familiar rims should help out Washington tonight.

It was a poor showing over the weekend, but the Huskies have still covered in four of their last five and have also responded nicely after losses recently. They've gone a healthy 6-2 ATS in their previous eight matchups following a straight up defeat.

Washington will also have the advantage of facing a Ducks team that's been having a hard time on the road. They're allowing 73.0 PPG outside of Eugene, a significantly higher number than their overall 62.8 PPG mark.

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College Basketball Pick

The Huskies fell short against Oregon 81-76 in a wild game close to three weeks ago. Washington shot 51.9 percent overall and 66.7 percent from three, while the Ducks were a blistering 57.8 percent from the floor.

Tonight we see Washington getting even on their home floor, where they've covered the spread in three of their last four.

Oregon has gone just 3-5 ATS on this road this season and they simply haven't looked as cohesive without Artis out there. The Ducks were hardly a deep team to begin with, so now they're struggling to keep pace even more. They could have a lot of trouble contending with Washington's athletic guard-heavy rotation.

Let's add the Huskies to our college basketball picks for tonight as they try to protect their own court.

College Basketball Picks: Washington Huskies -1.5

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