March Madness 2014 Odds - Free Pick - Oregon vs BYU Betting Preview

Line: Oregon -5.5

In a contest that features two of the most high powered teams in the country we have two teams that know how to put the ball in the basket. It was not the type of season that Oregon had been hoping for with a large part of their roster returning they were thought of as a potential top 10 team and were ranked in everyone’s top 25 prior to the season. They had many early season struggles and gave up a staggering amount of points in early season games. But they turned things around and started to play better as they got their defensive system and rotations in check and began to play more team basketball on both ends of the floor. While they struggled defensively they were always strong on offense and ended up averaging 81 points per game for the season, ranking them 11th in the country in scoring. They then went on a strong run to end the season including a big win over Number 1 seeded Arizona. BYU is just as talented on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 84.2 points per game. They lost their head to head matchup vs. Oregon 100-96 in overtime and you can expect that both teams will be ready to provide another entertaining contest. They were dealt a devastating blow in the WCC championship game when guard Kyle Collinsworth tore his ACL therefore eliminating him for the rest of the season.

Oregon can attack you in many ways. They are led in scoring by Joseph Young who averages almost 19 points per game. He is much more of a scorer than a playmaker and is a terrific three point shooter. There is no doubt that the ball will be in his hands late in games. UNLV transfer Mike Moser has proven to be a great find for the Ducks. He has averaged 13.5 points and 8 rebounds per game throughout the season and is a very versatile player who is capable from beyond the arc with 53 three pointers on the season as well as a strong interior presence. Jason Calliste is another double figure scorer who is a tremendous shooter. He is not an inside presence, however he is a threat from anywhere on the floor and can finish at the rim.

BYU will suffer from the loss of Collinsworth. He was their second leading scorer and leading rebounder. Super scorer Tyler Haws will be asked to potentially improve on his 23.4 points per game to make up for his absence. Haws is a tough all-around player and he gets to the foul line often. Matt Carlino is an outstanding shooter who averaged 13.7 points per game and is a rhythm player who scores points in bunches. Eric Mika is strong player who averages over 11 points and 6 rebounds per game. All of these players and the rest of the team will have to step up big in order to replace the production of Collinsworth.

Pick: Oregon -5.5

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