College Basketball Predictions: Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 10, 2013

College Basketball Predictions: Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks

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    Solomon Hill will need to be a force in the paint if the Arizona Wildcats (14-0) plan on keeping their unblemished record intact, as they prepare to take on the Oregon Ducks (12-2) Thursday night, with the opening tip scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wildcats are one-point road favorites in the college basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has risen from 141.5 to 142.5 in the market.

    Hill has combined to score 30 points in his last two games versus the Ducks, but the Wildcats have gone 0-2 against the spread (ATS) in those affairs.

    Let's take a closer look at this Pac-12 Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. 

Arizona Wildcats

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    The Arizona Wildcats are one of three unbeaten teams nationally—sharing that distinction with the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverines.

    Despite their perfect record, the Wildcats have gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games, which includes a less-than-inspiring 60-57 victory over the Utah Utes as 19-point home favorites Saturday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wildcats have gone 16-6 ATS on the road over the last two-plus seasons.

Oregon Ducks

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    The Oregon Ducks enjoy one of the best home-court advantages in the Pac-12 Conference, as they've won 16-straight games at Matthew Knight Arena, including all 10 by an average of 23.5 points per game during the 2012-13 college basketball season.

    Sports bettors will also find that the Ducks are a money-making 5-2 ATS as a home underdog of three points or less since 2010.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Arizona Wildcats as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they've been favored by an average of nine points in winning three of the last four meetings against the Oregon Ducks.

    NCAA Basketball Prediction: Arizona Wildcats -1

     

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