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The Washington Huskies host the No. 8 ranked Oregon Ducks Saturday in Pac-12 college basketball action. The Huskies are 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference. while the Ducks are 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Oregon took 2 out of 3 from Washington last year, including a win in the Pac-12 tournament. Tipoff is Saturday at 3:45 p.m. ET at Hec Ed Arena in Seattle, Washington.
Ducks upset by Washington StateThe No. 8 ranked Oregon Ducks suffered a shocking 72-61 loss to Washington State Thursday night. Down 50-41 with about 15 minutes left in the game, Oregon went on a 9-0 run to tie it at 50 with about 10 minutes left. But the Cougars closed out the game on a 22-11 run and won easily. The loss dropped the Ducks to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
The Ducks shot 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from three. The Cougars shot 48 percent and made a ridiculous 11 of 21 from three. Oregon was out rebounded 33-27 and committed 16 turnovers. The Ducks only made 6 of 12 foul shots compared to 11 for 17 fort WSU.
Payton Pritchard had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 three-pointers to lead Oregon. Chris Duarte added 15 points 5 rebounds and 5 steals. "The execution, that's on me, but the effort, really disappointing. I know our fans have to be disappointed. We have to regroup and be ready for a quick turnaround on Saturday," Oregon coach Dana Altman said, reported the Ducks web site.
Washington sprints past Oregon StateThe Washington Huskies improved to 12-6 and 2-3 in the Pac-12 with a 64-56 win over Oregon State Thursday night.Isaiah Stewart led Washington with 13 points and 5 rebounds. A trio of players added 11 points each including RaeQuan Battle, Jamal Bey, and Marcus Tsohonis. Nahziah Carter added 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. The Huskies second leading scorer Jaden McDaniels did not play, but Battle started in his place and picked up the slack.
“Obviously me and Jaden are playing a lot and to see Marcus and RaeQuan come out and do their thing and score in double digits, it felt great,” Stewart said, reported USA Today. “I was really happy for them.” The Huskies were 9 of 22 on 3-pointers, with Battle making 3 and bey and Carter making 2 each.Washington shot 50 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three. they were out rebounded 36-24.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Go with Washington here to cover. Oregon is ranked No. 8 in the country, but I'm not buying them as a national powerhouse. They had some big wins in November and played well in losses to Gonzaga and UNC. but in recent weeks they haven't been that good. They lost pretty handily at Colorado and Washington State -- two teams they should beat, especially Washington State. Now they have to play Washington, who is ranked No. 43 in the Kenpom rankings and are coming off a good win against Oregon State. Plus, McDaniels, the second leading scorer, will play in this game. This is a no-brainer -- take Washington to cover.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. I really like the under here. Washington is a great defensive team. they are ranked No. 13 in defensive efficiency and teams only shoot 43 percent against them. Over the past 5 games they've held opponents to just over 60 points per game. Oregon has a potent offense, but they will not meet their 77.3 point per game season average here against this defense. Oregon is a very efficient offensive team that executes well in the half court. They are among the top 10 in both fiekld goal percentage and three point percentage. But they don't push the pace, ranked No. 299 in pace of play. They may win this, but it'll be a grind -- not a shootout.