The Oregon Ducks try to clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title and the top seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament when they visit the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday night. Oregon has won four straight and nine of 10 to rise in the conference standings, sitting at 14-4 entering Sunday’s game.
The Ducks lost to the Beavers in the first meeting this season, 75-64, which was Oregon’s only game in a four-week span that saw it have to postpone six contests. Since returning from that shutdown, the Ducks have gone 9-2.
Oregon State is on a roll right now as well, having won three straight, including a five-point victory at Utah on Wednesday. The Beavers (14-11) are 10-9 in conference play, good for sixth place entering this contest.
If you’re going to be online betting on this contest, Oregon is a 5½-point favorite on the road, with the over/under set at 136½.
Oregon Ducks: Flying High
The Oregon Ducks have been making college basketball news as they are red hot and looking to claim the Pac-12 regular-season crown for the fourth time since 2016. The late-season surge has been led by Oregon’s seniors, as Chris Duarte, L.J. Figueroa and Eugene Omoruyi have averaged a combined 57 points over the last three games.
Duarte, a 6-6 guard, has been leading the way, averaging 17.7 points and shooting 43.4% from 3-point range. He’s hit a team-high 53 3-pointers and is averaging 1.9 steals per game, good for second in the Pac-12.
Figueroa is right behind his teammate on the conference steals list, averaging 1.6 per contest to rank third. Offensively, the 6-6 swingman is averaging 11.9 points, is tied for the team lead with 6.4 rebounds per game, and has connected on 35 3-pointers this season.
Omoruyi, a 6-6 forward, is second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while racking up 1.4 steals per contest. As you might expect, Oregon leads the Pac-12 in steals per game with 7.57 as a team.
Oregon State Beavers: High Stakes
The Oregon State Beavers are still hoping for an outside shot at NCAA March Madness, but a win in this one helps their postseason chances in other tournaments as well. Oregon State has won five of its last seven games against Oregon, and a win in this one would give it an 11-win conference season for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign.
The Beavers will also be saying goodbye to a pair of seniors in this one, including Ethan Thompson, who will equal Gary Payton with the most starts in program history. Thompson, a 6-5 senior guard, leads Oregon State with 15.5 points and 4.0 assists per game. He had a big game in the first meeting with the Ducks, scoring a game-high 19 points, including hitting 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore guard Jarod Lucas is the other double-figure scorer for coach Wayne Tinkle, averaging 12.8 points per game. Junior forward Warith Alatishe is averaging 9.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, and he was also big in the earlier win over Oregon, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Oregon State was able to limit the Ducks to 8-of-29 shooting from 3-point range in the first meeting. That’s typical of the Beavers’ effort this season, as they lead the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at .297.
Two of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 that love to beat each other are going to clash in what could be a classic. Both teams have something to play for as far as seeding and postseason berths, so there will be no let-up on either side.
Oregon is the better team, but that has been the case a lot over the last few years, and Oregon State has the upper hand recently in this rivalry. The Ducks will likely come away with the win in this one, but we think it’s going to be very close.
When doing your college basketball betting, take the 5½ points and go with the host Beavers to keep it within the spread or even win it outright.