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Oregon vs. Marquette,
3-18-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#727 Oregon
Ducks 154.5
#728 Marquette
Golden Eagles -5

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:30pm

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Game Stats

Oregon Ducks

23 - 12

17-16
ATS
14-19
O/U
77
PPG
71
OPPG

Marquette Golden Eagles

20 - 13

15-16
ATS
18-13
O/U
80
PPG
77
OPPG

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Marquette hosts Oregon at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sunday afternoon. The second-seeded Golden Eagles move into the next round after taking down Harvard. The Ducks are a 3 seed and easily disposed of Rider. The winner of this game will face either Notre Dame or Penn State in the regional final.

Ducks end up blowing out Rider in opening game

Oregon made it to the semifinals in the Pac-12 tournament, but they had no chance against USC and that ended all hopes of making it into the big dance. Instead, they settle for a 3 seed in the NIT and they easily took care of Rider in the opening round, 99-86. It was fairly close in the first three quarters, but the Ducks finally imposed their will with a 38-21 fourth quarter. They just pulled out the 11-point spread.

The Ducks hit 58.9 percent of their shots and converted a whopping 14-of-26 attempts from 3-point range. They also had a significant 37-28 advantage in rebounding. Two different players led the team with 23 points. Victor Bailey Jr. (6.6 ppg) was not only the most efficient, but he drilled 7-of-8 from downtown. He played out of his mind considering he only scored 13 total points in his last nine games prior to that.

Golden Eagles make free throws to take down Crimson

Marquette’s NCAA chances came to a crashing halt by getting smacked around against Villanova. However, they were able to hold off a good Harvard team, 67-60, in a tough opening round matchup for a 2 seed. The Golden Eagles looked like they could cover through the majority of the second half, but they simply couldn’t convert the 12-point favorite line. They ended up hitting 43.8 percent from the field — exactly the same as their downtown shooting (made 7-of-16 3-point attempts).

What helped the Eagles to move on was free throw shooting. The team missed just one of their 19 attempts. Markus Howard (20.5 ppg) led the team with 22 points and he made all nine free throw attempts. The team’s leading scorer has now put up 22 or more points in three of his last four games.

Trends

Oregon is:

  • 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games as a road underdog

Marquette is:

  • 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after a SU win

The Eagles have struggled to cover even the smallest of favorite lines. In their recent two victories against the spread, they only won both of those games by four points. It’s probably best to grab the points in this one.

Pick: Oregon

Brian Spaen

Blogging journeyman and sports handicapper. His passion for statistics, analyzing team reports, and watching multiple hours of sports daily gives him an edge for picking who will beat the spread. Also writes about technology and video games. Hobbies include enjoying life in the big city, spending way too much time on YouTube, and discovering new craft beer and whisky.

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