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Oregon vs UCLA Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Bruins Going After 11th Straight Win

Oregon Eyeing First Pac-12 Tourney Title Since 2019

UCLA got off to a slow start as the Bruins trailed at halftime in their Pac-12 tournament opener. It might be harder to come back from an early deficit against Oregon in Friday’s semifinals even if UCLA trailed at halftime in both games during the regular season against the Ducks and won both of them.

UCLA leads the Pac-12 in field-goal attempts while Oregon ranks seventh in that category so don’t be surprised to see the Ducks slow things down a bit in this matchup.

Amari Bailey #5 and Jaime Jaquez Jr. #24 of the UCLA Bruins
Amari Bailey #5 and Jaime Jaquez Jr. #24 of the UCLA Bruins | Ethan miller/getty images/afp

This game could be the next step in UCLA’s quest to earn a No. 1 seed in the March Madness bracket, Oregon could be in a situation of needing to win the Pac-12 tournament to receive a bid into the NCAA tourney.

When it comes to the college basketball news, Oregon sophomore guard Brennan Rigsby, who hasn’t played since a Feb. 19 loss to Washington State, is out for the season with ankle and finger injuries.

UCLA lost a key piece when guard Jaylen Clark suffered a season-ending torn Achilles. Clark is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding. Evan Manjikian is also out for the Bruins. However, guard Abramo Canka did return to action.

UCLA is second in both national polls and received three first-place votes in the Associated Press poll.

According to the odds to win March Madness, UCLA (+900) is third in the odds to win the national championship. Oregon comes in at +25000 in the championship odds.

UCLA is fourth in the latest NCAA NET rankings and there is a chance of the Bruins securing a No. 1 seed when the March Madness bracket comes out. Oregon moved up from 47th to 44th in the NET rankings and that has Oregon very much in the bubble category.

Strong Finishing Kick

Oregon is known for its prowess as a track and field powerhouse and the Ducks had a strong finishing sprint to earn a spot in the Pac-12 semifinals.

Washington State took a two-point lead on Mouhamed Gueye’s dunk with 3:35 left to play. Oregon forced two turnovers and Washington State missed its last four shots as the Ducks scored the final seven points for the five-point win.

N’Faly Dante’s dunk gave Oregon the lead for good and Rivaldo Soares iced the game with a pair of free throws.

Oregon used 11 offensive rebounds to offset the 11 3-pointers by Washington State.

Oregon has covered against the college basketball betting lines in just two of its last seven games.

Bailey Stepping Up

The absence of second-leading scorer Clark has opened up opportunities for other players.

David Singleton went from averaging 21 minutes in an eight-game stretch before playing 31 and 35 minutes in the last two games. Amari Bailey played fewer than 30 minutes in 14 of the last 16 games before being on the court for 30 minutes against Colorado in the quarterfinals.

Bailey, who had 26 points over his previous four games, had 26 on 8-of-12 shooting in the 80-69 victory. Fellow freshman Adem Bona added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

UCLA is 4-1-1 against the Las Vegas odds in its last six games.

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Oregon vs UCLA Head-to-Head

UCLA won both games during the regular season, sweeping the series against Oregon for the first time since the 2018-19 season. Jaime Jaquez averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two games to lead the Bruins. Jermaine Couisnard led Oregon with an average of 19 points in the two matchups.

Each of the last three games between the Bruins and Ducks finished under the total.

Oregon has won four of the last five meetings played in March, so keep that in mind when making college basketball predictions.

Oregon vs UCLA Game Information

  • Game: Oregon (19-13, 12-8 Pac-12) vs UCLA (28-4, 19-2)
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 10, 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Oregon vs UCLA Live Stream: TBS.com

Oregon vs UCLA Betting Lines

Oregon vs UCLA Picks and Prediction

Oregon led at halftime in both of the meetings during the regular season before UCLA turned things around in the second half of both games.

UCLA had 28 offensive rebounds in the two wins so that is an area that will need to be addressed by the Ducks. UCLA averaged nearly five more field goal attempts than Oregon during the regular season thanks to its offensive rebounding prowess and the fact that the Bruins led the conference in assist/turnover ratio.

The total has gone over in four of UCLA’s last five games and in five of the last six played by Oregon so keep an eye on the total of 134½.

The top-seeded Bruins are the favorites to win the Pac-12 title according to the college basketball picks.

The Bruins are 27-2 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. Oregon is 3-8 as the underdog.

Both teams are 2-2 against the spread (ATS) in neutral-site games this season.

UCLA is listed at -260 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bruins, you have a chance to win $38. Oregon is +210, offering a chance to win $210 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives UCLA a 72.22% chance to win, with Oregon at 32.26%.

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