It will be a showdown between two exceptional defenses when the Arizona Wildcats (13-4, 4-0 Pac-12) meet the Oregon Ducks (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12) at McKale Memorial Center. The game can be seen on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds
Both teams had no trouble getting past their last opponent. The Wildcats defeated the California Golden Bears 87-65, while the Ducks beat the USC Trojans 81-60.
Oregon dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 32.0 (above their season average of 29.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.683 (above their season average of 0.511). For those same stats, USC was 20.6 and 0.472, respectively. The Wildcats, on the other hand, had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.632 (above their season average of 0.510) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.0 (above their season average of 25.8). Chase Jeter was a key piece for Arizona with 23 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Oregon was lifted by Louis King, who recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
This series was highly competitive last year, as the teams split their two games last season. The Ducks won the most recent matchup 98-93. The Ducks’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Wildcats. Oregon had a rate of 4.5, while Arizona posted a mark of 19.8. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Oregon figures to have a noteworthy advantage. The Ducks defense ranks 38th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.462), while the Arizona offense is ranked 168th in effective field goal percentage (0.517).
Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Oregon, O/U – Over
- Arizona ranks 62nd in three pointers allowed per game (20.5) while Oregon ranks 233rd (25.8).
- The Wildcats allow the 16th-fewest steals per game (4.8) while the Ducks rank 41st (5.4).
- The Wildcats rank 21st in assists allowed per game (10.4) while the Ducks rank 79th (12.3).
- Oregon ranks 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Arizona ranks 72nd (3.1).
- During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 76.0 points per game (1.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.0 points per game (1.9 above their season average).
- The Ducks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 8.6 for the season.