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#735 Hawaii vs.
#736 Oregon
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
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The 13th ranked Oregon Ducks host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Saturday in college basketball action. Both of these teams come into this game with records of 6-2. These two teams have not met in recent history. Tipoff is Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.

Hawaii wins third straight

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are off to a nice start. They improved to 6-2 on the year with a 59-41 win over Hawaii Pacific on Sunday. The Hawaii defense was exceptional, holding their opponents to 30 percent shooting. Eddie Stansberry scored 15 points to lead Hawaii while Drew Buggs had nine points, five assists, and five rebounds. Samuta AveaandDawson Carper each chipped in eight points. Hawaii shot 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three.

On Friday the Bows took care of business beating San Francisco 85-75. Buggs had a career-high 25 points to lead a UH over the previously unbeaten Dons. Buggs' backcourt mate Stansberry finished with 21 points, while Avea andZigmars Raimo had 13 points each.

Hawaii averages 71 points per game which is 199th in the country. they shoot 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range on the year.

Oregon drops 2 in Bahamas

Oregon comes into this match up ranked 13th in the nation with a 6-2 record. the bad news is they lost their last 2 games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. However, some context is needed here as both of the teams are ranked in the top 10. they lost a 73-72 heart breaker to No. 9 Gonzaga on Thursday and then dropped a 78-74 squeaker to No. 7 ranked North Carolina on Friday.

“I think we should have won each one of those games,” Oregon guard Payton Pritchard said, reported Oregon Live. “I think we’re small pieces away, got to fix the little things and then make that next step and I think we’ll be really good. But we got to keep going.”

Rebounding has been an issue as the Ducks were outrebounded by both Gonzaga and UNC.

“It told us what we need to work on,” Ducks guard Will Richardson said, reported Oregon Live. “Guards need to come back and help rebound with the bigs. ... As long as we box out and rebound, we’ll be totally fine. We didn’t rebound well as a team. They killed us on the offense glass (and) exposed some of our weaknesses.”

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Take the Ducks here. Hawaii is in a tough spot. They are playing an Oregon team that is coming off two really tough games against national powers North Carolina and Gonzaga. They had chances to win both of them and covered in both cases. But they didn't get the win in either game. The Ducks came home and have had the full week off to lick their wounds. They are going to come out Saturday fired up and ready to get back to their winning ways. Hawaii is a nice team but they are clearly outmanned here. Plus, they've had a pretty easy non-conference schedule so they aren't prepared to meet a top 15 team on the road.

Prediction: Oregon

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Take the under here. Oregon is really good. They won pretty easily at Memphis earlier this year, putting up 82 points. They destroyed Boise State, hanging 106 on them. This is a team that could win the Pac-12 and has a legitimate chance of getting to the Final Four. But Hawaii has a pretty good defensive team, holding most teams in the 60s. While they haven't played a team this good, the total will likely be in the under because both of these teams are pretty deliberate. Hawaii, which averages 71 points per game,  ranks 187 in pace of play, while Oregon, which averages 77 points per game, ranks No. 222.

Prediction: Under
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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.