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#677 Boise State 136.5 vs.
#678 Oregon -10.5
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00pm EST
Autzen Stadium, Eugene
Written by Adam Rauzino

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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.

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.

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I am selecting Boise State in this one. Boise State definitely has enough offensive talent to keep up with the Ducks. The Broncos return their top four scorers with three of those players all averaging over 12 points last season. They should be a very competitive team all season. Boise State is also a strong defensive team and their defense should keep them in this game.

Furthermore, Oregon is not a high scoring team. The Ducks only averaged 70 points last year, and only return one of their top three scorers from last season in Payton Pritchard. Oregon also has a few new players and it could take a few weeks for the team to gel.

Prediction: Boise State Broncos

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I expect the total to go over. The Broncos feature significant scoring depth and their offensive production should increase this season. Out of their top four returning players, three of them shot at least 46% from the field on the season. Also, consider the over is 11-5 in the Broncos' last 16 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

In addition, the Ducks should have a productive night as well. Payton Pritchard scored 24 points in the season opener, and they also feature a big talent in Anthony Mathis who averaged 14.4 points with New Mexico last season. Oregon compiled a respectable 45% team field goal efficiency last season.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Oregon team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. Oregon was not sharp from an offensive standpoint in their season opener. They only connected on 41.7% of their field goals and went an abysmal 1 for 13 from three-point range. The Broncos top strength is their defense and they should contain the Ducks in this one.

Prediction: Oregon Team Total Under

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I am siding with Oregon on the halftime line. Oregon jumped out to a 38-27 lead at the half in their season opener against Fresno State. Boise State played against NAIA member Life Pacific in their first game which was not a challenge. This game will be quite the change in tempo, so it could take time for them to adjust against a much better Oregon squad.

Prediction: Oregon Ducks
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.