The Arizona State Sun Devils (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) and the No. 14 Oregon Ducks (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) battle at Desert Financial Arena. The Sun Devils look to lengthen their five-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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In the Ducks’ last outing, they won big over the Utah Runnin’ Utes, 80-62. With 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, Oregon’s Will Richardson played well. The Ducks, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.534, had a phenomenal mark of 0.692 and had a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 15.3).
The Sun Devils will look to keep it rolling after defeating the California Golden Bears in their last outing, 80-75. Arizona State was lifted by Alonzo Verge Jr., who was the team’s leading scorer with 22 points on 6-for-16 shooting. Arizona State played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.396 (above their season average of 0.217) and a turnover percentage of 12.0 (better than their season average of 16.1). California put up marks of 0.241 and 13.0, respectively, for those same stats.
It will be a matchup of conflicting paces as the fast-paced Sun Devils will look to push the slower-paced Ducks. The Sun Devils rank 28th in possessions per game while the Ducks are 240th. Additionally, the Ducks rank 21st in offensive efficiency (111.3), while the Sun Devils rank 59th in defensive efficiency (94.9).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Ducks won 78-69. The Ducks played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 35.7 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.593. For those same stats, the Sun Devils were 27.0 and 0.466, respectively. Payton Pritchard was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points.
Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Arizona State, ATS Winner – Arizona State, O/U – Over
The Sun Devils average 22.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 144th in the country. The Ducks rank 225th in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
Arizona State blocks 3.4 opponent shots per game, which ranks 93rd in the country. Oregon ranks 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Oregon ranks 62nd in assists per game (14.5) while Arizona State ranks 243rd (10.9).
The Ducks rank 107th in rebounds allowed per game (33.9) while the Sun Devils rank 252nd (38.0).
Oregon ranks first in steals allowed per game (4.0) while Arizona State ranks 120th (6.4).
The Sun Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.8, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Ducks have scored an average of 67.6 points per game (8.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.4 points per game (1.6 below their season average).