UCF vs Oregon Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/19/23

Oregon Ducks (20-14) vs Central Florida Knights (19-14)

Game Info: Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

Betting Odds: Oregon Ducks +4 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Central Florida Knights will head up to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks in the second round of the Matthew Knight Arena on ESPNU. This will mark the first time UCF and Oregon face off. 

UCF Betting Preview

Central Florida comes in at 19-14 after defeating in-state foe Florida in Gainesville in the first round. The Knights flexed on the Gators by outscoring them in both halves to win by eighteen, 67-49. UCF is scoring 72.1 points per game, while allowing 65.9 ppg, and shooting 42.7% from the field.

Central Florida has to feel good after taking down their fellow Sunshine school, and they’ll look to spoil the party in the northwest here. Freshman forward Taylor Hendricks flirted with another double-double against the Gators, and he leads UCF in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (6.9). Senior guard C.J. Kelly has scored 21 points or more in each of the last three games, and he’s second on the team at 13.3 ppg.   

Oregon Betting Preview

Oregon enters at 20-14 after defeating UC Irvine in Eugene in the first round. The Ducks wasted no time with the Anteaters, leading for the entire contest before winning by twenty-six, 84-58. Oregon is scoring 71.0 points per game, while allowing 66.7 ppg, and shooting 45.3% from the field.

Oregon executed well in the win over Irvine, and they’ll have to avoid sleeping on a traveling UCF team. The Ducks survived without senior big N’Faly Dante against the Anteaters, but after leading the team in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (8.2), his absence will be felt here. Senior guard Rivaldo Soares poured in a season-high 21 points versus UC-Irvine.

UCF vs Oregon Trends

Central Florida is 17-14-2 against the spread this season, with a 18-13-2 over/under record. Oregon is 16-17-1 ATS this year, with a 18-16 o/u record.

Corey's Free Pick

If Oregon comes into this contest without their top three scorers just as did against Irvine, they might end up paying the price. Central Florida’s top guys have performed well down the stretch, and if there momentum carries over into the Northwest, they can outplay Oregon’s B team. Spot UCF the points for this NIT matchup.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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