NCAA Basketball Picks for Washington State vs. Oregon

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:36 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 12:36 PM GMT

The Oregon Ducks host the Washington St. Cougars on Sunday at the Mathew Knight Arena in Eugene with the opening tip slated for 9:00 PM ET. Our handicapper shows us the most profitable college basketball odds for our sports picks.

According to college basketball betting odds Oregon is a -15.0 home favorite. Oregon has covered 7 of the last 10-games between these teams including 4 of the last 5 at home. The teams met at Washington St. on January 26th with Oregon winning in a 71-44 rout as a 6.5 point road favorite.

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These are Tame Cougars

The Washington St. Cougars enters tonight’s game having lost their last 5, 9 of the last 10, and 12 of their last 14-games. They’re currently 11th in the PAC-12 and have a dismal 9-17 overall record on the year. The Cougars have really struggled on the road this season going 1-8, with their lone win coming at Idaho in a narrow 67-66 victory. Their biggest deficiency comes offensively where they’ve averaged a paltry 62.6 points per game which ranks #334 nationally. The Cougars are coming off a 68-57 loss at Oregon St. on Wednesday in a game they failed to cover as an 8.5 point underdog.

Keeping the Momentum going

Oregon enters tonight riding a modest 2-game winning streak that improved their conference record to 5-8. The Ducks enter tonight 10th in the PAC-12 despite a very good 17-8 record. In their most recent contest they defeated Washington 78-71 at home on Wednesday but failed to cover as a 10.5-point favorite. The Ducks are a dynamic offensive team averaging 83.5 points per game which is good for 9th best in the nation. Despite those prolific offensive numbers the Ducks have gone under the total in 8 of their last 9-games overall. Oregon has also gone a dismal 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games even though they won 5 of those 8 contests outright. The Ducks can ill afford to stub their toe tonight as a prohibitive favorite if they hope to make a late season run, and have any hope of a NCAA Tournament at large bid.

Final Analysis

This is a horrible matchup for the plodding and methodical offensive style of the Cougars. They will be facing an offensive juggernaut on the road, and one in which they were blown out by at home. I look for the Ducks to continue to build momentum and win this game in decisive fashion for our college basketball picks.

College Basketball Pick: Oregon -15.0 over Washington State

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