Oregon on Two-Game Slide
Oregon has dropped 4½ games out of first place in the Pac-12 standings with their recent struggles and appear to be locked into the No. 4 or 5 seed line in the Pac-12 tournament. That would mean a potential semifinal matchup with top seed Arizona so good luck with that.
UCLA is 6-3 on the road so playing away from Pauley Pavilion has not been an issue, but injuries to starting guard Tyger Campbell and reserve forward Peyton Watson are a cause for concern.
UCLA’s Johnny Juzang (+5000) is tied for 12th in the national player of the year odds.
UCLA Could be Shorthanded
It has been a trying season for the UCLA Bruins with just two players appearing in all 25 games. The nine players who average at least 10 minutes per game have missed a total of 24 games. There is a chance that number could increase.
Assists leader Campbell and reserve forward Watson are both considered to be day-to-day for the Oregon game.
Mick Cronin said Tyger Campbell (shoulder) and Peyton Watson (knee) both remain day to day and they’ll see what they can do at practice.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 23, 2022
They both played in the last game, but Campbell came out of the game with a shoulder injury and Watson with a knee issue. Campbell’s 11.7 points-per-game average ranks fourth on the Bruins, but his biggest contribution is his ability to get his teammates the ball where they can do the most damage.
Campbell has averaged 14 points with 16 assists against only seven turnovers in five games against ranked opponents this season.
Watson has scored in double figures in a pair of Pac-12 games, but he has scored a total of 19 points in the other 13 conference games in which he’s played.
UCLA has been dealing with players coming in and out of the lineup all season, so this could be another test if either Campbell or Watson are unable to go against Oregon.
UCLA was listed as a No. 4 seed when the NCAA selection committee revealed the top 16 seeds. A win over Oregon would help the Bruins to remain on that line for the March Madness prediction.
UCLA has covered against the college basketball spreads in four of its last five games.
Oregon Firing Blanks
Oregon connected on 20 3-pointers while shooting nearly 42 percent from behind the 3-point line in back-to-back win against Utah and Stanford as the Ducks were on the verge of applying pressure on the Pac-12’s Big Three.
Oregon is trying to rediscover its shooting touch going into Thursday’s matchup with UCLA.
The Ducks have lost three of its last four games. It hasn’t helped that Oregon is 24 of 98 from 3-point range in those four contests. It is also a little troubling how reliant Oregon has become on the 3-point shot.
Just twice in the first 14 games did the Ducks attempt at least 25 3-pointers. They have done that in six of the last 13 games. The Ducks won the first three games when going 3-point happy, although two came against conference doormat Oregon State. Oregon has lost its last three contests when firing up at least 25 3-pointers.
The Ducks are far from a lock to make the NCAA tournament but a win over UCLA would be a major step in winning over the folks who make March Madness odds.
UCLA has allowed the second-fewest 3-pointers among the Pac-12 teams so it will be worth watching to see if Oregon isn’t so quick to hoist up perimeter shots.
Oregon has covered against the Las Vegas odds in just one of its last six games.
UCLA vs Oregon Head-to-Head
Oregon has won the last three matchups with UCLA, including an 84-81 victory on Jan. 13 as a 9½-point underdog on the road. Seven of the last eight games in the series had been won by the home team before Oregon’s last victory.
The Ducks have also won six of the last seven meetings played in Eugene. Nine of the last 10 games between the Ducks and Bruins have been decided by less than 10 points, with five decided by three points or less.
Those who bet online might be interested to know that each of the last seven games in the series finished over the total.
UCLA vs Oregon Game Information
- Game: UCLA (20-5) at Oregon (17-10)
- Location: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
- Day/Time: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN
UCLA vs Oregon Betting Lines
UCLA vs Oregon Prediction
UCLA and Oregon are second and fourth in the Pac-12 in offensive efficiency while ranking in the bottom half of the conference in defensive efficiency, so that could add up to a high-scoring affair.
The total has gone over in the last seven Oregon-UCLA games and the total for this one is a very attainable 138.
The Bruins and Ducks trail only Washington in steals per game among Pac-12 teams so both squads will look to apply the pressure and get easy baskets in transition.
Although there are injury concerns with UCLA, it is still hard to pick against the Bruins, especially with the recent struggles by Oregon.