- Oregon has won three straight games and eight of nine as its prepares to host UCLA in a Pac-12 makeup game at 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday
- UCLA had a four-game winning streak broke in its last outing at Colorado, setting up this battle for first place in the league
- Check the odds, analysis and betting predictions below
With first place on the line, Oregon (16-5, 12-4 Pac-12) will bring a three-game winning streak into its final regular-season home game against league-leading UCLA at 9:00 pm ET on Wednesday. The Ducks have won eight of nine.
UCLA (17-6, 13-4) has won four of five games, and the Bruins took over place that is first then-No. 19 USC (19-6, 13-5) destroyed week that is twice last. UCLA Oregon that is vs was planned to be played Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
UCLA vs Oregon Odds
|UCLA Bruins||+160||+4 (-110)||O 135.5 (-116)|
|Oregon Ducks||-190||-4 (-110)||U 135.5 (-106)|
Odds from FanDuel on March 2.
The Pac-12 included this game towards the routine the other day so that they can guarantee integrity near the top of the league competition. Pac-12 groups don’t play a round-robin that is full, and this will be the only meeting between UCLA and Oregon this season. Oregon and USC also will play only once.
UCLA is in position to win its regular-seasons that are first since 2013. Oregon won the regular-season year that is last has won four of the last six. The Ducks will claim the title this season with wins over UCLA and Oregon State in the season finale Sunday.
Oregon Extends a Trend
A signature mark of coach Dana Altman’s Oregon teams is it again, even in this pandemic-challenged season that they get better as the season progresses, and the Ducks are doing. It’s Altman’s 11th into the scheduled program.
The Ducks have swept Arizona and beaten Pac-12 contender Colorado while winning eight of their last nine games. Their only only was at USC, when the Trojans scored 17 of the first 18 points in a 72-58 victory on Feb. 22. That was Oregon’s game that is third five times.
Altman’s success is a trend worth noting. Oregon ended up being 105-45 in games player after Feb. 1 in Altman’s very first his periods in Eugene, and it’s also 56-20 in games played after March 1. The run includes six NCAA competition appearances and a visit towards the 2017 Final Four, once the Ducks lost to champion that is eventual Carolina in the semifinals.
The Ducks are led by Pac-12 player of the candidate Chris Duarte, a 6-6 guard who is averaging 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and had 22 points against Arizona on Monday year. Ahead Eugene Omoruyi had 21 points contrary to the Wildcats, their double-figure game that is 20th of year.
UCLA Finds a New Big Gun
Transfer guard Johnny Juzang has become the Bruins’ primary scorer down the stretch, a fit coach Mick Cronin has found athletic small forward Chris Smith, the returning leading scorer and the focal point of the offense early on, suffered a season-ending knee injury in January.
Juzang, 6-foot-6, is averaging 20.2 points and six rebounds per game in UCLA’s last six games, since a blowout 66-48 defeat at USC, and and he has made 19 of 41 3-pointers (46.3%) in that stretch. Juzang has games of 25, 32 and 25 points in the last six, including 25 in a loss that is 70-61 Colorado that halted a four-game winning streak Saturday.
Hs is a volume shooter. Despite lacking four games, Juzang leads the Bruins in industry objective efforts and it is averaging 13.1 efforts per game, 7.3 threes. He’s made 42 of 45 throw that is free (93.3%) this season.
Bruins’ guard Tyger Campbell is averaging 5.6 assists per game, sixth among Power Six players.
Advice from the Experts
The Ducks will be playing their seven game in 14 days, their third against a title contender, as they catch up from the pause that is covid-19 hit this program in February. UCLA has received it a little better, having played five games in 10 times starting Feb. 18 before getting a break that is three-game Oregon.
Altman has consulted friends in the NBA on ways to handle the workload that is heavy in which he stated he had been told to get light in training, “get guys loose and get ’em out of there (gymnasium). They Should have power at game time.”
The Ducks failed to exercise the afternoon before their victory that is 80-69 over on Monday and went through a light shoot-around the day of the day of that game. Altman said he planned to do the same in preparation for UCLA — no practice and a light game-day shoot-around.
By tuesday the figures
UCLA is 5-4 regarding the Pac-12 road this year and contains won a league-leading 10 seminar road games the last couple of years, however the Bruins have now been a go-against for the past 8 weeks.
Since since the number that is nine-point a 91-61 home victory over Washington State on Jan. 14, the Bruins are 2-9 ATS and is 1-6 ATS on the road. They are 1-2 as a Pac-12 road dog and have lost the last two. They have been under the total in five of their last eight.
Oregon is 5-3 ATS in its last eight games but only 3-5 ATS at home in league play, all as a that is favorite
Oregon And UCLA are ranked 39-40 in KenPom in average efficiency margin, fourth and third among Pac-12 teams. Th Bruins are 20th in offensive efficiency margin and the Ducks are 26th. The Ducks are ranked No. 24 in the coaches’ poll.
It is hard to ignore Oregon’s push that is recent(*)The choose: Oregon -4 (-110)(*)