Colorado (17-5, 6-3) at #16 Oregon (18-4, 7-2)
When: Thursday, February 4th 2016
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
Time: 9:00 ET | TV: Fox Sports 1
The Oregon Ducks look to hold on to first-place in the Pac-12 when they host the second place Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday night. Oregon is streaking right winning seven of their last eight games, but the only loss came at Colorado a few weeks ago. In that game, the Ducks were outrebounded 39-25 which proved to be the difference in a 91-87 loss despite shooting over 50% from the floor. Oregon’s two leading rebounders Dillon Brooks (6.2) and Chris Boucher (7.8) both fouled out in the second half. Brooks leads the Ducks in scoring (16.6) followed by forward Elgin Cook (13.5) and guard Tyler Dorsey (13.5). Boucher not only leads the team in rebounds, but is tied for the national lead in blocks per game (3.27). Oregon’s recent streak includes wins over ranked teams USC (89-81) and Arizona (83-75). In the last five games, the Ducks are shooting 50.2% from the floor and are averaging only 9.8 turnovers per contest. Overall, Oregon leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin (+2.5) while ranking second in blocked shots (6.0) and steals (7.8) and third in scoring defense (68.0 points). Oregon will follow this game up with a battle against Utah on Super Bowl Sunday.
Colorado is unranked, but are just a game behind the Ducks in the Pac-12 and have won three games in a row. The home win over the Ducks is one of five victories in a six-game stretch for the Buffaloes who have already surpassed their win total from a year ago (16-18). Guard George King has been on fire, averaging 19 points while making 12-of-18 3-point attempts over his last four games. Overall, King is averaging 14.7 points and shooting 48% from beyond the arc while big man Josh Scott continues to lead the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (9.5). Scott had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Buffaloes win over Oregon on January 17th. Colorado is coming off a home sweep of the Northern California schools California (70-62) and Stanford (91-75). Colorado still doesn’t have a real signature win this season, but came close twice falling by a combined 10 points to SMU and Iowa State. They’ll get their chance later this month when they play three consecutive games against USC, UCLA, and Arizona.
This point spread is way too high. Colorado has already beaten Oregon this season and if they win the battle under the rim again, they’ll at least keep it close. Take the points.
Pick: Colorado +10