NCAAB Picks San Francisco Dons vs. Oregon Ducks

Joe Freda

Sunday, November 24, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

The USF Dons will head up north to try and beat the 5-0 ATS Oregon Ducks. How should we be thinking about betting this match-up.

The Oregon Ducks have begun their year with three straight victories, while cashing at 2-0 ATS in the span’s pair of ‘board’ battles. Sunday’s NCAAB betting has Dana Altman’s squad taking its floor as big ‘chalk,’ hosting the San Francisco Dons. 

Ducks, Young top Utah Valley 

Oregon’s latest triumph came in Tuesday’s 69-54 home win over the Utah Valley Wolverines, holding their visitors to a 37.9 percent night from the floor. Ducks guard Joseph Young notched a team-high 20 points, knocking down 8-of-15 field buckets. 

Young added three of his side’s eight steals, while mate Johnathan Loyd came away with five assists en route to 12 points. Ducks senior Mike Moser grabbed a season-high nine boards, leading his troops in outrebounding the Wolverines, 38-24.

Oregon pulled away in the second half, outscoring Utah Valley after the break, 40-29. Young and Moser united to drain 3-of-6 shots beyond the arc, while the Ducks sank 11-of-15 free throws. 

Dons, Pinkins upset Montana 

San Francisco ended a two-game losing skid with Friday’s 75-74 victory against the Montana Grizzlies, cashing as a 3 ½-point road dog. The Dons found the rims at a 54.5 percent clip on Montana’s floor, including a 5-for-10 mark from three-point land. 

Dons forward Kruize Pinkins piled in 22 points off the bench, connecting 10-of-11 field buckets. San Francisco’s Avry Holmes and Matt Glover united for seven assists, with Holmes adding five steals.

The matchup’s 149 points ducked below the closing ‘total’ of 151 ½, ending a 3-0 run for the OVER in the Dons’ prior trio of affairs. San Francisco outrebounded the Grizzlies, 33-24, with Dons forward Cole Dickerson notching 12 boards as part of a double-double.

Back the Ducks as home ‘chalk’

Bet365 opened Oregon as a 16-point home favorite, with the digits holding steady in early mixed wagers. San Francisco’s Cody Doolin (13 PPG, 7 APG) missed his squad’s matchup with Montana for personal reasons and is considered “doubtful” to return here.

I am laying the big number with Oregon in this spot as part of Sunday’s sports picks, looking for the Ducks to slow down San Francisco’s octane.

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Oregon’s Joseph Young ranks second in the Pacific-12 Conference’s scoring with 26.7 PPG, one notch behind rival Roberto Nelson (30.3 PPG) from Oregon State. The Ducks have allowed a stingy 68.5 PPG at home, while San Francisco has allowed 85.2 PPG in its last four affairs.

San Francisco saw its scoring drop with the absence of Doolin and will struggle further to get points on the board here. The Dons are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five contests against Pacific-12 foes, with another spot looming here of being outclassed.

Oregon is riding a 6-0 spread streak against non-conference rivals, while this year’s sole spot as double-digit ‘chalk’ saw the Ducks cruise in a 107-83 victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts. Young and Co. ran up the score with 66 points in the second half, connecting from the floor at 65.3 percent.

Look for another lopsided affair here from the Ducks for your NCAAB picks, adding another cashed ticket to the team’s 5-0 spread record in its last five matchups against teams with winning records.

Free Pick: Oregon Ducks -16 at Bet365