The 7th-ranked Oregon Ducks are double-digit favorites at home on Thursday night as they host the Utah Utes on ESPN. The Utes are 17-8 overall and 8-5 in the Pac-12 and in need of a signature win while the Ducks are 22-4 overall and 11-2 in the conference. Utah has struggled against Oregon through the years losing six of the last seven and they have lost the last four trips to Eugene. Let’s look at Thursday’s game and college basketball predictions.
The Utes visit the Ducks on Thursday, February 16th with a start time of 9 pm Eastern on ESPN.
College Basketball Odds
Utah vs. Oregon
You can make a case that Utah has to win this game to have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. The Utes have one win this season against a team with an RPI in the Top 100 so unless they win this game at Oregon on Thursday or win the Pac-12 Tournament they are not getting an NCAA Tourney bid.
Starting slow has been a continual problem for Utah as they were down 18-4 against California, 19-0 against Washington State and 8-0 to Washington. Forward David Collette said the team can’t afford another slow start. "We've had some slow starts," he said. "It just can't happen there. (Eugene) We have to come out strong." The Utes are 16-0 when they lead at the half and 1-8 when they trail.
Utah is 6-1-1 ATS on the road this season with five games going over and three going under. The Utes are scoring just over 80 points per game while allowing about 68 per contest.
Oregon is 15-0 at home this season so they are looking to complete a second straight unbeaten year at home. The Ducks have the longest home winning streak in the country at 40 games. Oregon has five players averaging in double figures this season led by Dillon Brooks who scores almost 15 per game.
Oregon is 8-6 ATS at home this season with eight of the fourteen games going under the total. The Ducks are scoring 79 points per game while giving up about 64 per contest.
The Utes are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Oregon. The Ducks beat Utah 73-67 last month in Salt Lake City. The Utes are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. the Pac-12. The Ducks are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 vs. the Pac-12.
The Over is 4-1 in the Utes last 5 road games. The Under is 5-2 in the Ducks last 7 vs. the Pac-12. The Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in this series.
College Basketball Predictions
I don’t go against the trends that often but I am in this game as Utah should put up a big effort trying to get a signature win and I think it will be a high scoring game. I will take the Utes and the game over the total.