The Pac-12 is considered to be just a two-bid league, with the Washington Huskies (+8,000 to win the NCAA Title) and the Arizona State Sun Devils thought of as locks to make it to the national tournament. However, the Oregon Ducks could make it three for the conference if they can take down Washington in the league finals this Saturday. Will the Ducks (+50,000) punch an unlikely ticket to March Madness? Or will the Huskies send Oregon packing its bag?
Betting Preview for the Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies College Basketball Game on March 16, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise
When: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Oregon Ducks (22-12 Overall / 10-8 Conference)
Dana Altman is doing a magnificent job this season in Eugene. The Ducks’ head coach has somehow found a way to steer his team into the Pac-12 Tournament Finals with a 79-75 overtime win over the Arizona State Sun Devils late Friday in the semifinals. Louis King came up big for his squad, as he had 19 points and seven rebounds. He hurt an ankle in the game, but looked braved through it to help the Ducks. An overnight swelling could affect his performance against the Huskies, but he’s expected to play nonetheless. King had 19 points in a 61-56 home loss versus Washington on Jan. 24, but only had seven in a 55-47 home win on Mar. 9. Oregon’s defense has been crucial for the Ducks in their keeping their heads above water thus far this season. They finished the regular season 14th nationally with just 63.0 points allowed per game and limited opponents to just 40.4 percent shooting from the field.
Oregon has been among the favorite pets of spread bettors lately, as the Ducks are 7-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games.
Betting on the Washington Huskies (26-7 Overall / 15-3 Conference)
One clear advantage for the Huskies over Oregon in the two teams’ upcoming showdown is that Washington is the more rested team. Although both teams played on Friday, Washington’s 66-61 win over the Colorado Buffaloes happened way earlier than Oregon’s date with the Sun Devils. The Huskies were engaged in a dragging game against Buffalo, with both teams shooting below 40 percent from the field. Washington’s defense was greatly felt by the Buffaloes, who had 18 turnovers to just 10 by the Huskies. The Huskies are terrific in forcing opponents to lose control of the leather. In fact, they are 12th in the nation in the regular season with 16.2 turnovers forced per game and seventh in opponents’ turnover percentage (20.4). That said, they need to be extra careful on offense, too, against Oregon, as the Huskies only had one fewer turnover than the Ducks in the teams’ last two face-offs.
The under is 7-3 in Washington’s last 10 games.
Washington wins, 64-62.
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