It’s a Pac-12 matchup on the hardwood as a pair of programs close out their third weekend of conference play in the Valley of the Sun. The Oregon Ducks are on the road as they make the trip to face the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night. Oregon comes in off a 59-54 win on the road over Arizona Thursday night in their last contest. Arizona State managed to outlast Oregon State 70-67 at home Thursday night in their previous tilt. The all-time series between the teams is tied at 42 wins apiece with the Ducks winning the last seven meetings. That run includes a 75-68 home win in the most recent matchup on February 22, 2018.
Oregon Ducks Seek Eighth Straight Win vs. Sun Devils
Oregon won their second straight game as they shut down Arizona on the road Thursday night. The Ducks improved to 2-2 in the conference as they are trending back upward after a slow start to Pac-12 play. Oregon trailed 16-11 with 9:28 to play in the first half but went on a 9-0 run to take a four-point lead: they didn’t trail again. The Ducks led by nine at the half: in the second half, Arizona got no closer than three, with that coming with five seconds to play. Oregon shot 38.6 percent from the field, including seven of 17 from beyond the arc, and held Arizona to 36.5 percent shooting in the contest. Paul White led the Ducks with 16 points in the win.
✔️ Paul White: 16 pts/5 rebs
✔️ Kenny Wooten (The Masked Man): 6 rebs/2 blocks
✔️ Louis King: 10 points/9 rebs
✔️ @OregonMBB: 1 W in Tucson
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) January 18, 2019
The Ducks average 72.5 points per game this season. Oregon is grabbing 35.1 boards a night while they are handing out 14 dimes a night. The Ducks are tied for 28th in scoring defense as they allow just 64.2 points per game. Bol Bol leads Oregon with 21 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on the year. He underwent surgery on his foot and announced that his collegiate career is over on January 3. Payton Pritchard chips in 11.5 points plus 4.5 assists per game while Paul White chips in 10.8 points a night. Ehab Amin, Victor Bailey Jr., Francis Okoro, Louis King, Will Richardson and Kenny Wooten are all important pieces for Oregon coach Dana Altman. Oregon is shooting 45 percent from the field as a team this season. The Ducks are draining 7.5 triples a night while shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Oregon is shooting a solid 73.5 percent from the free throw line as a team this season.
Arizona State Sun Devils Go for Sweep of Oregon Schools
Arizona State managed to hang on for dear life against Oregon State Thursday night after it seemed they had the game well in hand. The Sun Devils now go for a sweep of the Oregon schools at home here as they try to make it back to back wins in conference play. Arizona State led by nine at the half and by 18 in the second half only to see Oregon State make it a one-point game with 22 seconds to play. To make matters worse, the Sun Devils turned it over on the ensuing inbounds play but managed to get the ball back. Arizona State hit a pair of free throws to go up three and Oregon State missed a potential game-tying three at the buzzer. The Sun Devils shot 43.9 percent from the field, including 10 of 25 from three-point range, but nearly doomed themselves by missing 12 of 22 free throw attempts. Rob Edwards led the Sun Devils with 13 points in the loss.
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The Sun Devils put up an average of 79.2 points per contest this season. Arizona State hauls in 42.5 rebounds per game while dishing out 14 assists a night on the year. The Sun Devils are struggling defensively as they are 219th in scoring defense by allowing 72.9 points per game this season. Luguentz Dort leads the team with 16.6 points plus 4.6 rebounds a night. Remy Martin (12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, four assists), Zylan Cheatham (11.8 points, 9.6 rebounds) and Kimani Lawrence (10.2 points) all are averaging in double figures. Rob Edwards (10.5 points), Romello Martin, Taeshon Cherry and De’Quon Lake each put up at least 4.9 points a night this season. Arizona State shoots 44.3 percent from the floor as a team this year. The Sun Devils drain 7.1 triples a night and shoot 34.2 percent of their long range attempts. Arizona State is converting only 65.4 percent of their chances at the free throw line this season.
- Sun Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games
- Sun Devils are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Ducks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Oregon comes into this one with back to back wins, including an outright win over Arizona in a game where they were a 5.5 point underdog. The Ducks seem to have galvanized after the loss of Bol from their rotation as their defense continues to shut teams down. Arizona State had a big lead and nearly let it slip away as Oregon State had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead twice in the final 30 seconds of the game. The Sun Devils failed to cover as the home favorite. Oregon is a tough team and they aren’t intimidated being on the road. Take the points and the Ducks in this one.
Prediction: Oregon Ducks +3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a battle of wills when you get right down to it. Arizona State is 62nd in the nation in scoring offense and an impressive 8th in the nation in rebounding. The Sun Devils boast a +12.1 rebound differential per game on the year. Bobby Hurley’s problem, besides the lack of depth in the rotation, is that Oregon is stingy defensively. The Ducks are 29th in scoring defense, 20th in field goal percentage defense and 21st in three-point percentage defense. Arizona State was fortunate to crack the 70 point mark against Oregon State: can they survive a slugfest with the Ducks?
The under is 5-0 in the Ducks’ last 5 road games, 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games and 14-3 in their last 17 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. Arizona State has seen the under go 5-1 in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 17-4 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The teams have seen the under go 5-0 in their last five meetings at Arizona State and 21-5 in their last 26 overall. This one is another tense, defensive struggle that ends up under the number.
Prediction: Under 139