The Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon Ducks meet in one of the last games to tip-off Thursday on the college hardwood. The Pac-12 will take the final bow tonight, as the conference will have two games getting started at 8:00 p.m. PST. Stanford and Washington are scheduled to meet in Seattle, while Colorado and Oregon get going at the same time.
Cal and Washington State will tip-off a half an hour earlier. The Pac-12 is firmly controlled by the USC Trojans, and barring an upset, USC will enter the NCAA Tournament as conference champions. I would have liked to see a Pac-12 tourney featuring Gonzaga against USC, but the Zags aren’t moving out of the West Coast Conference anytime soon.
USC leads with a record of 18-3 and 12-2 in the conference. Any of Colorado, UCLA, or Oregon could certainly beat the Trojans, though. Nothing is a sure thing for USC, but they are a talented team that has been the class of the conference as we get closer to conference tournament time. Colorado and Oregon hope to show that they are capable of winning the Pac-12 with a solid showing tonight in Eugene.
With a healthy McKinley Wright IV for the Buffaloes, certainly they have the potential to go far. Colorado goes into Eugene with a record of 16-6 and 10-5 in the conference. They are coming off a bad loss against Cal by a score of 71-62 on Saturday. That was a winnable game for the Buffaloes, as the oddsmakers had them inserted as 9-point favorites, and they were beaten by 9 points.
Colorado has to be careful against the Ducks tonight. They are playing their third game on the road, and in this crazy Covid-19 season, a lengthy three-game road trip can’t be helpful. This is their second time going on the road for more than two games, the first time splitting four games at the end of December and early July.
Beyond the tough schedule at the moment, Oregon is a really good team that can win just on their talent alone on even terms. The Ducks head into this contest on a three-game winning streak, and 12-4 on the season. They’re coming off back-to-back wins on the road against Arizona State, 75-64 and 63-61. Head below for our free Colorado vs. Oregon pick on February 18, 2021.
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Colorado has to forget about their most recent performance and get right back on track. They allowed a below average Cal offense to cut through them for 71 points. That doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but an aggressive defense has gotten the Buffaloes to a record of 16-6. Colorado has allowed an average of 63.6 points per game.
That puts them 39th in the NCAA defensively. They slightly taper off on the road, but are still effective with an average of 65.2 points against per game. Their offense, led primarily by McKinley Wright, has been in good form this season as well. They’ve recorded an average of 74.9 points per game for 98th in the country.
This is certainly not going to be a cakewalk for Colorado, though. Oregon has the talent to match whatever the Buffaloes do and could easily be tired after going on the road for the third straight game. The Ducks are feeling confident at the moment. They’re on a three-game winning streak, and their defense has been equally impressive as Colorado.
Especially at home, where the Ducks have conceded only 63.4 points per game. Overall, Oregon ranks 86th in the NCAA with 67 points against per game. In their first meeting against Colorado, they lost that round in a 79-72 loss. However, Oregon is back home where they sport a record of 7-2. The Buffaloes are just 5-5 on the road as opposed to 8-1 at home.
The Ducks can score along with playing defense. They have netted 75.4 points per game for 85th in the NCAA. Eugene Omoruyi has the talent to take over games for the Ducks. The senior has been a force in the paint, with an average of 17.8 points on 47.9% shooting from the field. He has also hauled in 5.4 rebounds per game.
He and fellow Canadian, guard Chris Duarte, who nailed a three at the buzzer to sink Arizona, 63-31, have spearheaded the Ducks’ offense this year. Duarte has put up 17.2 points per game and is connecting at an impressive 53.3% clip from the field. This game likely comes down to the Wright vs Duarte matchup. In this edition of Colorado vs. Oregon, give me Duarte and the home team with the Ducks to win and cover.