Utah vs Oregon Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/9/24

Oregon (19-11) vs Utah (18-11)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Matthew Knight Arena)

Betting Odds: Oregon 3.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah Utes will head up to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks this Saturday from the Matthew Knight Center on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon comes in as 3.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 151.5. Stay tuned for our Utah vs Oregon Prediction. 

Utah Preview: Will the Utes Road Struggles Continue?

Utah fell to 18-12 after losing to Oregon State in Corvallis, 92-85. The Utes couldn’t overcome a slow start versus the Beavers, and they’ll seek different results Saturday in Eugene. Utah is scoring 77.8 points per game, on 47.0% shooting, while allowing 70.5 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Pac-12 with a 9-10 record in league play. The Utes are 7-3 over their last ten games, and they’re 2-8 on the road. 

Utah Team Profile

  • Craig Smith’s team prefers an up-tempo style, averaging 73.2 possessions per game (67th), and they shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc.  
  • Veteran big man Branden Carlson poured in a career-best 40 points in the Oregon State matchup, and he leads Utah in scoring (17.5) and rebounding (7.0). 
  • Senior guard Gabe Madsen has knocked down three triples or more in four straight games,  and he’s second on the team at 13.2 ppg. 
  • Georgia Tech transfer Deivon Smith has dished out ten dimes or more in four of the last five games, and he’s posting a line of 12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and a team-leading 6.8 apg.

Oregon Preview: Ducks Wading On the Wrong Side of Bubble

Oregon dropped to 19-11 after losing to Colorado at home by four, 79-75. The Ducks let the Buffa sneak away down the stretch, and they’ll attempt to bounce back here on Senior Night.  Oregon is scoring 76.2 points per game, on 45.7% shooting, while allowing 75.3 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Pac-12 with a 11-8 record in league play. The Ducks are 5-5 over their last ten games, and they’re 12-3 in Eugene this season. 

Oregon Team Profile

  • Dana Altman’s group moves at a balanced pace, averaging 72.0 possessions per game (139th), and they’ve knocked down 35.1% of their three-point shots.
  • Veteran guard Jermaine Cousinard poured in a season-high 39 points in the Arizona matchup, and he leads Oregon in scoring (15.6), while grabbing 4.4rpg.  
  • Senior center N’Faly Dante has posted a 20-point double-double in the Colorado defeat, and he leads the Ducks in rebounding (8.7), while averaging 15.2 ppg.  
  • Freshman guard Jackson Shelstad led the way with 23 points against Colorado, and he’s third on the team at 12.7 ppg.

Utah vs Oregon Trends

  • Oregon leads the current series, 28-11, but Utah did win this year’s matchup in Salt Lake City by three, 80-77.
  • UTA is 14-16 against the spread, with a 15-13-2 O/U record
  • ORE is 14-16 ATS, with a 18-12 over/under record.

Utah vs Oregon Prediction

Oregon and Utah have both been plagued by inconsistency during league play, but with the hosts needing a strong finish to solidify their bubble position, they will be worth a look this weekend. The Ducks were in a good spot prior to dropping three of their last four games, and a win here on Senior Night would make things right just in time for the conference tournament. The Utes’ road struggles are alarming, so I like testing those, and rolling with Oregon win by two for this Pac-12 clash. 

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