Following an Elite Eight berth in 2016 and a Final Four appearance in 2017 last season was a step back for Oregon. Indeed, the Ducks struggled with the college basketball betting line and had to settle for a NIT berth. Thursday Oregon returns to the NIT but this time the preseason version of it. In the Iowa Hawkeyes the Ducks will be facing a team that also regressed last year. Likewise, the Hawkeyes had to settle for the NIT last spring. Regardless both Oregon and Iowa have high hopes of returning to the Big Dance in March.
Oregon Ducks vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Date and Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:15 p.m. Eastern
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Ducks vs. Hawkeyes TV Coverage: ESPN2
Oregon is off to a strong start on their redemption tour. To show the Ducks are 2-0 both straight up and with the spread. Both games went under the total. Fashion Oregon’s opening win 81-47 over Eastern Washington. Bol Bol led the Ducks with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Specifically, Oregon’s defense showed well. EWU has held to just 23% on field goals. Following the impressive opener, the Ducks got the money again. Oregon scored an 84-57 home payout over Portland State. Concurrently Paul White led with 15 points. Bol Bol added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Balanced against that is Iowa’s record of 2-0 straight up but 0-2 against the spread. In their opener the Hawkeyes topped Green Bay 93-82 as 29-point overlays. After that Iowa beat UMKC 77-63 as 23-point home chalks. At the onset Tyler Cook has stood out for the Hawks. To illuminate Cook is Iowa’s leading scorer with 14.5 points per game. Head coach Fran McCaffery is beginning to feel heat in Iowa City. Moreover, he has not really broken through since taking over in 2010.
Stats to Consider
Oregon has been in the red recently as a road chalk with the college basketball betting line. Consider the Ducks mark of just four payouts in their last ten games laying points on the road. Oregon has gone over the total in six of their last nine laying points away from home. Balanced against that is Iowa’s poor record as a dog away from their home court.
To illuminate the Hawkeyes have covered just one of their last ten getting points on the road. Three of their last four in that situation have gone under the total. Oregon coach Dana Altman has become one of the most respected leaders in NCAA Basketball. Since his arrival the Ducks have emerged as a consistent March Madness contender. Previously basketball was an afterthought in Eugene. However, Phil Knight and Nike money has made a full investment in hoops. And Altman has delivered with a vastly improved product.
Matchup to Watch
Certainly, Oregon rates the matchup edge with the college basketball betting line. Indeed, the Hawkeyes are outmanned and out gunned in this matchup. In addition, the 13th ranked Ducks are poised to make a deep run in the Pac 12.
Oregon vs. Iowa NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
To conclude Oregon is the vastly more capable team in this one.
Oregon vs. Iowa NCAA Betting Online Pick: Oregon Ducks
Oregon vs. Iowa NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Ducks 84, Hawkeyes 70
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