Utah Utes Vs Oregon Ducks Odds & Expert PickNoah Williams
A huge Pac-12 matchup highlights this Thursday’s college hoops slate when the Utah Utes take on the Oregon Ducks. The NCAA hoops odds favor Oregon by 9.5-points to beat Utah. Tip-off is this Thursday, February 16th at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.
The Ducks are 15-0 at home as they look to complete a second straight unbeaten home schedule. Oregon went 18-0 at Matthew Knight Arena last season for just the fifth spotless season at home in school history and the first since 2001-02.
The last challenge after Utah on Thursday night will be Colorado on Saturday afternoon.
Utah Utes Vs Oregon Ducks Odds & Pick
What: Utah Utes (17-8) at No. 7 Oregon Ducks (22-4)
When: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Eugene, Oregon
Stadium: Matthew Knight Arena
Spread: Ducks -9.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Utah vs Oregon
Why Bet The Utah Utes To Beat The Ducks
Utah is 17-8 SU and 14-10 ATS this season and are hot after beating Washington State (74-70) and Washington (85-61) in consecutive games. The Utes average 80.5 points per game (36th) and allow 67.9 points per game (68th).
The Utes shoot 51.2% from the field (4th) and 35.7% from three-point land (156th). Every starter scored 10 or more points in the victory against Washington. Freshman guard Devon Daniels (10.6 PPG & 4.8 RPG) and sophomore guard Parker Van Dyke (9.2 PPG & 1.8 APG) scored 16 points each.
"That was probably the most intense (Coach Larry Krystkowiak) has been all year," Van Dyke said. "I think it was needed. We needed to play smarter. We needed to play harder. We were just being outplayed in every facet of the game.
Utah averages 39.2 rebounds (36th) and 15.1 assists per game (85th). They are averaging a +10.3 point differential this season. Junior forward Kyle Kuzma leads the team with 10.2 rebounds and senior guard Lorenzo Bonam is tops with 1.2 steals.
Why Bet The Oregon Ducks To Beat The Utes
The Oregon Ducks are 22-4 SU and 15-10 ATS this season. They have won three of their last four games including an 81-70 win over USC in their last game. They average 79.0 points per game (Tied-55th) and give up 64.4 points per game (34th).
Oregon brings the nation’s longest home winning streak, 40 in a row, into the meeting with the Utes. The fans are flocking to the arena with an average attendance of 9,565, the school’s highest figure since 1978-79.
Oregon shoots 47.8% from the field (39th) and 37.7% from three point land (62nd). Sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey and (13.1 PPG & 3.4 RPG) and junior forward Dillon Brooks (14.9 PPG &2.9 RPG) led the way with 19 and 21 points against the Trojans.
"I didn’t want to leave my hometown without at least getting one win," Dorsey said. "The UCLA (loss) hurt us, and we knew we just had to let that go and bounce back and come out with a lot of energy against USC."
The Ducks average 37.3 rebounds (109th) and 16.9 assists (17th) per game. They have a +14.6 point differential this season. Junior forward Jordan Bell leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per game and 1.3 steals per game.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Oregon has won nine of the last ten games against Utah
- Oregon is 7-3 ATS in their last ten games against Utah
Utah Utes Vs Oregon Ducks Expert Pick
The Utes need to move up a spot to get one of four byes in the first-round of the Pac-12 tournament and need a few victories to play their way into the NCAA Tournament, and a win over a top-10 team would be a good start. The Ducks beat Utah 73-67 last month in Salt Lake City.
I am betting on Oregon to cover the spread.