The #15 Oregon Ducks will collide with the Boise State Broncos in an inter-conference battle Saturday night from the Mathew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR. The Broncos filed a 13-20 record last year and beat Life Pacific 126-49 in their season opener. The Ducks logged a 25-13 record last season and tallied a 72-57 home win against Fresno State on Tuesday night. Oregon registered a 62-50 road win against Boise State last season.
Boise State Ready for First Test of Season
The Boise State Broncos enter their first real test of the season after crushing Life Pacific 126-49 in their season opener which can be considered more of a warmup. The Broncos should improve upon last year’s 7-11 conference record. They return their top four point producers from 2018-2019. The Broncos are led by Justinian Jessup who has steadily improved in each of his first three seasons. The senior guard finished with an average of 14 points on 44.5% shooting last season and is a big threat from beyond the arc. Jessup racked up 19 points on a 6 for 19 effort from the field in Tuesday’s easy win.
ICYMI - First career double-double last night for your Player of the Game, RJ Williams! pic.twitter.com/V30BkdvxnF— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) November 6, 2019
Look for Derrick Alston to have a big year as well. The junior guard had a breakout 2018-19 season that resulted in an average of 13.4 PPG on a stellar 48.5% clip from the field. Alston accumulated 25 points and four assists in Tuesday’s win, and he was selected to the preseasonall-conference team. Rounding out the Broncos top three scorers last season was Alex Hobbs. The senior guard finished with 12.1 PPG.
Boise State was voted to finish in fifth place in the MWC conference this season. The Broncos averaged 71.6 points last year, ranking them 203rd overall, but the figure should increase this season. They allowed an average of 68.6 points, placing them 91st in the country.
#15 Oregon Opens Season with Easy Victory
The Oregon Ducks have high expectations to meet this season. They are recognized as the best team in the PAC-12 entering this season after recording a 10-8 conference record last year. The Ducks lost their two leading scorers but have the talented Payton Pritchard back and ready to dominate. The senior guard posted an average of 12.9 PPG and a team-best 4.6 assists last year, and he can do a little bit of everything. Pritchard accrued 24 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday’s 71-57 win against Fresno State.
The Ducks are counting on a breakout season from Will Richardson. The sophomore guard sported a stellar 47% field goal efficiency last season on an average of six points. A big reason the Ducks are ranked in the AP top 25 is due to their recruits. C.J. Walker is expected to step in and make an impact. The 6-foot-8 power forward is a five-star recruit that could even be drafted into the NBA in the 2021 draft. Walker only played 11 minutes in Tuesday’s win.
The Ducks were voted to finish in first place in the PAC-12 preseason poll. They also landed in the preseason AP top 25 rankings at #15. Last season Oregon averaged 70 points, ranking them 251st in the country. The Ducks defense is terrific. They limited opponents to 62.2 points in 2018-2019, good for 12th overall.
The Boise State Broncos are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after a straight-up win of more than 20 points.
- 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Oregon Ducks are: