College Basketball Preview and Pick
Oregon hosts Pac-12 foe Arizona State in a late west coast conference contest at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET with both team’s looking for a resume builder and a bump in their bubble status before the selection committee meet to award at-large bids for upcoming college basketball national championship tournament. College Basketball Preview and Pick: Ducks -2 vs Devils.
The Sun Devils come into the event having won four of their last five. Bobby Hurley’s crew are off two double-digit victories versus Stanford (80-62) and California (69-59). The second-place Arizona State are close to locking up a top-four finish in league play and a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
The Devils will be tested in the final three regular season games. All of ASU’s remaining trio are on the road. Furthermore after the current Oregon swing they close with a March 9 date in Tucson against intrastate rival Arizona. Arizona State is led in scoring by freshman guard Luguentz Dort. While Arizona State leads the conference in points per game averaging 79.1 per contest they are not good shooting team and rely heavily on second chance points. Those garbage buckets come via a Pac-12-best rebounding margin of 6.1.
The Ducks were the preseason Pac-12 favorites by not only the conference coaches but according to most college basketball portals and pundits. The loss of center Bol Bol has altered coach Dana Altman’s scheme. Oregon has lost three straight and currently sit in 10th place in the conference.
Oregon’s last three affairs, all losses, have come at the hand of Oregon State, USC and UCLA. And save their defeat to the Bruins on Sunday the previous two, versus the Trojans and Beavers, were by double-digits.
The Ducks are a difficult team to crack on Matthew Knight court. Where the team’s overall season averages show the Ducks averaging just 68.1 points per game in conference play on their home hardwood this season the squad is averaging over 75 ppg and surrendering just 63.3, a conference best 12.1 margin of victory.