We have Pac-12 action tonight as Dillon Brooks and the Oregon Ducks travel to Colorado to face the Colorado Buffaloes. The Ducks have been dominant thus far, going 19-2 and 8-0 in the PAC-12 Conference while the Buffaloes are just 11-10 and have been getting destroyed by Pac-12 opponents, going a mere 1-7. Oregon is a 7 point road favorite and that number appears quite low.
15 Game Winning Streak
The Oregon Ducks have been navigating their way through their schedule like a hot knife through butter as they hold wins over Pac-12 rivals such as UCLA and USC. A matchup against an Oregon team, which has managed 1 win in inter-conference play, appears to be quite easy as Colorado has crumbled ever since inter-conference play. Colorado is just 5-14-1 ATS this season.
Well-Rounded Ducks Squad
This isn't a Ducks squad that will score 90-100 points on a regular basis such as UCLA. The Ducks are a successful team due to their defense, which allows just 62.9 points per game and they have 5 different players averaging in double figure points. It's more about efficiency and hitting the timely buckets than a player averaging 25 points per game and the rest of the team not contributing.
Any of Oregon's top players can step up on any given day. One player to keep an eye on is senior Dylan Ennis. He's a nice two-way player that Oregon features. While averaging 11.6 points per game, he's managed to break that barrier (11.6 points) on 4 different occasions in his last 5 games,
Ennis is a player that Oregon can consistently count on when leading scorer, Dillon Brooks' shot isn't falling. Brooks is coming off of a strong 19 point effort in a 73-67 victory over Utah and along with Chris Boucher (13 points, 6.9 points) and Jordan Bell (11.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks), this is a Ducks teams with great size that can protect the boards.
Colorado's offense should have a tough time being effective against this Ducks defense.which has allowed less than 70 points in 19 out of 21 games this season.
A "Feel Good" Win
The one positive that Colorado does possess is that they're coming off of an 85-78 victory over Oregon State which broke their 7 game losing streak.
Let's also remember that Oregon State is a bottom-feeder at 4-17 for the season, but the Buffaloes will still take the "W". Colorado's bench was responsible for 52 out of their 85 points and we could see a lot of players such as George King (11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds) if the Buffaloes starters are ineffective.
A win against Oregon State doesn't mean anything. Oregon is playing at a much higher level and the spread is quite low.