Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Oregon Ducks Updated Odds and Picks

February 22, 2018 NCAA Basketball

So far, it’s been a letdown season for head coach Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks.  Last year Altman’s team was a College Basketball betting line sensation.  Oregon made the Final Four.  Additionally, it was the fifth straight March Madness appearance for the Ducks.  However, this year the Ducks are struggling to maintain betting value.  As a result, they are on the NCAA bubble.  The Arizona State Sun Devils have been a weak board value in road games this year.  Red ink has been their constant companion.  Defense is keeping ASU from emerging as a serious contender.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Oregon Ducks

Date and Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Location: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon

NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:

Arizona State +3½ (-110) 154 (-110)
Oregon -3½ (-110) 154 (-110)

Sun Devils vs. Ducks TV Coverage: FS1

Between these two teams Oregon has the College Basketball betting line edge.  Most noteworthy is that Arizona State has paid out in just three out of their last 11 vs. the Ducks.  Under the total has hit in five out of the last six in this series.  Ironically the Sun Devils have had their best betting value at Oregon.  In their last seven home games vs. ASU the Ducks have come up empty.  And the under has delivered in four out of the last five games at Eugene in this series.

So far on the season Arizona State is 19-7 straight up and 13-11-2 against the spread.  Additionally, they have a poor road sportsbook online record of just 2-6 vs. the odds.  In their last ten games the Sun Devils have paid out just three times.  Also, of note is that under the total has paid in four out of their last six games.  ASU is coming off a 77-70 home loss to Arizona.

Most of all the Sun Devils are extremely one dimensional.  Offensively Arizona State ranks 15th in the nation for scoring.  Conversely their terrible defense ranks 243rd for points allowed.  Senior guard Tra Holder leads ASU with 19.4 points per game.  In the Pac 12 standings the Sun Devils are in the middle of the pack at 7-7 straight up.

Pac 12 results are similar for the Oregon Ducks.  Dana Altman’s team is 7-7 straight up in Conference play.  Heading into this game Oregon is 17-10 straight up and 12-13 against the spread.  At Matthew Knight Arena the Ducks have paid in eight out of 15 games.  Lately things have been better.  Especially relevant is that Oregon has come away with the money four times in six games.  Under the total has paid in four of their last six games.

However, Oregon is coming off a tough triple overtime loss at UCLA.  Because of that 86-78 loss questions of resiliency will be raised.  Consequently, Oregon must overcome a tough mental challenge.  Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard leads the team with 15 points per game.

Matchup to Watch

Despite their strong success at Oregon the Sun Devils bring many weaknesses to this matchup.  Most of all their defense is a College Basketball betting line liabilityIn addition, their terrible road betting value is of concern.  Beyond that Oregon has shown enough home value to counter ASU’s road woes.

Sun Devils vs. Ducks NCAA games Betting Odds Picks

In conclusion Arizona State has been in bad form with no sign of improvement.  Oregon has picked up the pace on the board.  The Ducks have more momentum and ability.

NCAA Betting Online Pick:  Oregon Ducks

NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Ducks 80, Sun Devils 71

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