The 20th-ranked UConn Huskies (5-0, 0-0 Big East) will be trying to avoid an upset when they face the Oregon Ducks (2-2, 0-0 Pac-12) in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday night. The Huskies are coming off a 95-60 win over Delaware State as 33-point favorites. The Ducks are coming off a 66-56 loss to Houston as seven-point underdogs.
Oregon and UConn split their two meetings.
Huskies Going For Sixth Consecutive WinThe Huskies are off to a perfect start after winning their first five games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Ducks, which will give them their sixth win in a row.
UConn is averaging 87.2 points per game. They scored 95 points in their last game, making 57.4 percent of their field goals and 42.9 percent of their three-pointers.
Adama Sanogo led the Huskies with 26 points and eight rebounds. Donovan Clingan finished with 16 points and five rebounds, while Jordan Hawkins added 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.
UConn has played well defensively, giving up 57 points per game. They gave up 60 points in their last game and will need another solid effort if they want to get the win.
Ducks Trying To Bounce Back From LossThe Ducks followed up their win over Montana State with a loss to Houston in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Huskies, which will give them their third win in their last five games and first win over a ranked team this season.
Oregon is averaging 68.3 points per game. They scored 56 points in their last game, making 38.8 percent of their field goals and 13.6 percent of their three-pointers.
N'Faly Dante led Oregon with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Will Richardson finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Quincy Guerrier added 125 points.
Oregon has done a better job defensively, giving up 57.8 points per game. They gave up 66 points in their last game and will need to keep it up if they want to win this game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Huskies have won five straight games. They played well offensively in those games, scoring more than 87 points per game while making over 51 percent of their shots. They do a good job finding the open man and they’re aggressive on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring opportunities. They have also done a good job protecting the ball and won’t give the Ducks a lot of easy-scoring opportunities. The Ducks have played well defensively this season, but they have struggled against good offensive teams and will have a hard time slowing down the Huskies. The Ducks split their first four games and struggled offensively in those games, scoring less than 70 points per game. They have struggled with their shot, especially from three-point range and the free-throw line. They rebound the ball well, which will keep them in this game, but they will have a hard time hanging on to the ball, with the Huskies averaging more than seven steals per game. UConn has done well defensively this season and gave up more than 60 points once in five games, so expect them to keep Oregon’s offense in check. Go with the Huskies to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Huskies are averaging 87.2 points per game. They averaged 70 points per game in two games against the Ducks. They play at a fast pace, averaging 73.6 possessions per game. Even though the Ducks are giving up 57.8 points per game, the Huskies will score at least 70 points in this game. The Ducks are averaging 68.3 points per game. They averaged 71 points per game in two games against the Huskies. They play at a slower pace, averaging 68.2 possessions per game. With the Huskies giving up 57 points per game, the Ducks won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.