The Colorado Buffaloes (16-6, 10-5 Pac-12) battle the Oregon Ducks (12-4, 7-3) Thursday night in Pac-12 Conference action. Colorado knocked off then-ranked Oregon at home, 79-72, back on Jan. 7.
Thursday’s tipoff is at 11 pm ET inside Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. For those betting online on this contest, Oregon is a three-point favorite against the Buffaloes, with the over/under set at 140½ in our college basketball odds.
What to Know – Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado had a three-game winning streak snapped with a nine-point loss to California on Saturday. The Buffaloes are in the middle of a four-game road swing and will stay in the state of Oregon to face Oregon State on Saturday. Colorado sits only two games out of the top spot in the league standings as the season winds down as the Buffaloes make a drive towards NCAA March Madness.
The Buffaloes score 74.9 points per game on offense while surrendering 63.6 points per game on the defensive end. Colorado shoots 46.2% from the floor, including 37.5% beyond the arc. Defensively, the Buffaloes hold opponents to 41.9% shooting from the field and 33.1% from the 3-point line.
Colorado is led in scoring by three starters averaging double figures. Senior guard McKinley Wright IV paces the Buffaloes scoring 14.4 points per game, while classmate Jeremiah Horne adds 11.0 points per game. Rounding out the three is junior forward Evan Battey, chipping in 10.6 points per game.
Wright was the leading scorer in Saturday’s contest at Cal, scoring 13 points in the loss. Junior guard Eli Parquet added 10 points, and Horne grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Colorado finished just 3-of-15 (20%) from beyond the arc.
Colorado ranks 16th overall according to KenPom and sits 20th in the NCAA Net rankings. The Buffaloes offensive efficiency ranking is 13th, while their defensive efficiency ranking sits at 38th.
What to Know – Oregon Ducks
Oregon made college basketball news as it faced six postponements over a three-week span between Jan. 14 and Feb. 1, including three against UCLA. Since then, the Ducks are 3-1 in conference play, winning their last three games. The winning streak positioned the Ducks near the top of the Pac-12 standings, 2½ games out of first place.
The Ducks average 75.4 points per game behind a 46.2% shooting effort from the floor and 35.8% mark from the 3-point line. Oregon’s defense holds teams to 67.0 points per game, 41.6% shooting from the field, and 32.3% from the arc.
A pair of seniors, forward Eugene Omoruyi (17.8 ppg) and guard Chris Durante (17.2 ppg), pace the Ducks offense that features five players averaging 10.6 points or more per game. One of those players, junior Will Richardson (12.0 ppg), returned to the Oregon lineup after a thumb injury sidelined the starting guard for most of the season.
Oregon got a three-point basket from Durate in the closing seconds of its 63-61 victory over Arizona on Saturday. Omoruyi led the Ducks in scoring with 19 points, shooting 50% (7-of-14) from the floor. Senior guard L.J. Figueroa added 13 points in the winning effort.
The Ducks are 30th overall in KenPom and 46th according to the NCAA Net rankings. Oregon’s offensive efficiency ranks 36th according to KenPom, while their defensive ranking is 48th.
The Pick is In
Oregon has only played five games over the last month, but the Ducks have looked like a different team with Richardson’s return into the starting lineup. Colorado took care of the Ducks at home, leading for 28 minutes of the game and outrebounding Oregon 40-29.
Five of Colorado’s losses have come on the road, and the Ducks should even the regular-season series with a full lineup. As you do your college basketball betting, we see these two teams playing a close contest, with the Ducks pulling away late to win by five.