After beating them soundly a couple of weeks back, the Oregon Ducks have another chance to embarrass their Pac-12 rivals, the No. 5 Arizona Wildcats. It’s unusual for a top-10 team to lose to an unranked opponent. It’s even rarer when the underdogs beat the stuffing out of the favorite by 19 points.
Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Oregon vs Arizona. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.
Can Lightning Strike Twice?
The Oregon Ducks aren’t a bad team and rank fifth in the Pac-12 at 7-4. However, seeing them completely dismantle Arizona when they last met a few weeks back was still a shock. That win lit something under this team, and the Ducks have won three of their last four games since.
While the Ducks don’t have the best against the spread (ATS) record at 11-10-1, they are at least profitable. The same cannot be said for the Wildcats at 9-11-2 with a -12.78% return on investment (ROI).
The numbers tell a different story when we highlight Oregon’s ATS record on the road. In their previous five away games, the Ducks are 3-2 ATS with an ROI of +14.55. In their last three, they are 2-1.
The Ducks’ success against the Wildcats comes down to their big men. Aizona’s two bigs, Oumar Ballo and Azuolas Tubelis, are a tough combo for most teams to handle. However, with Nate Bittle, N’Faly Dante and Kal’el Ward on the court, the Ducks outrebounded the Wildcats 42-32 in their last game.
Wildcats Out for Revenge
The Arizona Wildcats will be hungry for revenge on Thursday after a genuinely embarrassing loss to an unranked Oregon Ducks team on Jan. 14. The Wildcats, who shot just 37.5% from the floor, were outrebounded by double digits and at one point trailed Oregon by 21.
The loss was made even more shocking after the Wildcats lost to another unranked division opponent two games prior with a 74-61 disaster against Washington State.
The Wildcats got revenge on the Cougars 63-58 last week, though they failed to cover as -5½ favorites. However, they are 3-1 ATS in their previous four games, including a 23-point annihilation of Washington on Saturday.
Oregon vs Arizona Game Injuries
Oregon vs Arizona Head-to-Head
These Pac-12 rivals last played on Jan. 14 when Oregon exploded for an 87-68 win as +4-point underdogs. It was the fifth game in a row that Oregon covered in this series and the fourth as an underdog. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Oregon vs Arizona Game Information
- Game: Oregon (13-9, 7-4 Pac-12) vs Arizona (19-3, 8-3 Pac-12)
- Location: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
- Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Oregon vs Arizona Live Stream: TBS.com
Oregon vs Arizona Betting Lines
Oregon vs Arizona Picks and Prediction
While the Wildcats are a much better team on paper, eight points is a lot of ground to cover against a team you recently got destroyed by. I’m not going to call for another outright upset, but an ATS win for the Ducks is our best bet for Thursday night.
Oregon is listed at +535 in our Vegas college basketball lines. If you wager $100 on Oregon, you can win $535. Arizona is -765, offering a chance to win $13 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Oregon a 15.75% chance to win, with Arizona at 88.44%
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.