#24 Arizona (11-3, 1-0) will be looking to get a leg up in the Pac 12 race and move to 2-0 while #9 Oregon (12-3, 1-1) doesn’t want to fall below .500. The Wildcats have lost 2 of their last three but won the conference opener against in-state rival Arizona State. The Ducks split a pair of Pac 12 contests last week with Colorado and Utah.
Arizona easily disposed of Arizona State 75-47. Zeke Nnaji had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Green contributed 12 points in the win. The Wildcats defense limited the Sun Devils to 30.5% shooting and only 14.3% from behind the arc. Nico Mannion and Dylan Smith each had 10 points rounding out the Arizona scorers in double figures. They dominated the boards outrebounding ASU 38-26.
The Ducks responded nicely after a road loss to Colorado by beating Utah on the road 69-64. Payton Pritchard led Oregon with 19 points and had five turnovers without turning the ball over. Chris Duarte and Will Richardson each had 14 points in the victory. The Ducks defense held the Utes to 35.6% shooting.
Wildcats Looking For First Road Win
While Arizona has some neutral court wins, they are yet to when one away from home. They dropped a close contest to Baylor 63-58 in their only opportunity.
Nnaji leads the Wildcats in scoring (16.6), rebounding (8.1) and blocks (1.1) per game. Mannion leads the team in assists at 6.3 per contest and is second in scoring averaging 14.3 per game. The other Arizona player averaging double figures is Josh Green who averages 13 a game. Green also leads the team in steals at 1.7 a game.
Kenpom has Arizona as the 12th best team in the country. Their offense ranks 13th in efficiency while the defense comes in at 31st. The Wildcats shoot the ball extremely well as they are 16th in effective field goal percentage at 55.1%.
Ducks Return To Friendly Confines Of Matthew Knight Arena
Oregon returns home after playing their first two conference games away from home. The Ducks are 8-0 at home this year and haven’t lost a home game since January of last year to Washington.
Pritchard leads the team in scoring (18.7) and assists (5.9). Duarte and Richardson are the other Oregon players averaging double figures at 12.3 and 10.4 respectively. Shakur Juiston leads the team in rebounding at 6.2 per contest.
The Ducks come in ranked 17th by Kenpom. The offense is 7th in efficiency and the defense ranks 66th. Oregon ranks 8th nationally with an effective field goal percentage of 56%.
Most sportsbooks have Oregon as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 143 points.
Free Betting Pick
These are two of the most efficient offenses in all of college basketball. Oregon will want to play at a snails place to eliminate some of Arizona’s strengths of playing in transition. Because of the slower pace, I think this game will go under 143. This game is tough to pick as I think the -3.5 number is just about right. I’m riding with the under in this one.
Final Score Prediction: Oregon 72-68 over Arizona.
Bonus Pick: Under 143