The Oregon Ducks (20-11, 10-8 Pac-12) and the Washington State Cougars (12-18, 4-14 Pac-12) battle in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament at T-Mobile Arena. Oregon opened as a 12-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 152 points. Tip-off is set for 11:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Washington State Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks ATS Preview
The Cougars got blown out by the Oregon State Beavers in their last contest, 92-67. Washington State’s Arinze Chidom put up nine points and five rebounds in the contest. Oregon State’s rebounding was their largest advantage. The Beavers had 11 offensive rebounds and 40 total rebounds, while the Cougars had four and 25, respectively.
In the Ducks’ last matchup, they beat the Washington Huskies, 72-64. Oregon rallied around Paul White, who contributed 13 points and five rebounds. The Ducks, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6, had a fantastic mark of 35.5 and held the Huskies to an effective field goal percentage of 0.430 (below their season average of 0.518).
The productive offense of Oregon will battle against the bottom-tier defense of Washington State. The Ducks currently rank 52nd in offensive efficiency, while the Cougars are 332nd in defensive efficiency. The Ducks figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Washington State games have finished over 55.2 percent of the time, while 55.2 percent of games featuring Oregon have gone under. The Ducks hold a significant advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 20-11 SU and 16-14 ATS, while the Cougars are 12-18 SU and 14-15 ATS.
These two teams have already met twice this season, each winning once. In the most recent game, Malachi Flynn scored a game-high 28 points and the Cougars, who were 9-point underdogs, defeated the Ducks 78-76. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. The two teams combined to put up 154 points, which was just 4 points above the projected point total of 150 points. Washington State did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (12-15; 80.0 percent). Oregon, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (38.9 vs. 28.6).
Washington State Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks Betting Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Oregon, ATS Winner – Washington State, O/U – Over
- The Ducks rank 45th in rebounds allowed per game (32.4) while the Cougars rank 214th (36.3).
- Oregon ranks 34th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Washington State ranks 104th (6.0).
- Oregon averages 25.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 42nd in the NCAA. Washington State ranks 268th in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
- The Ducks average 15.7 assists per game, which ranks 44th in the nation. The Cougars rank 224th in assists allowed per game (14.8).
- Oregon ranks 34th in blocks per game (4.5) while Washington State ranks 213th (2.3).
- Oregon is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Washington State is 4-1 ATS with 5 overs.
- The Ducks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 7.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 81.4 points per game (3.2 above their season average).