San Francisco Dons at Oregon Ducks – NCAAM December 17

San Francisco (5-3) at Oregon (4-1)

Series:

The Ducks hold an 8-2 lead in the series as they have won four in a row. The last meeting was in 2013 when Oregon took a 100-82 victory in Eugene.

Vs. the Spread:

The Dons are 5-3 ATS while the Ducks sit at 2-3 ATS. The total has gone OVER in San Francisco’s last five games. The Dons are 4-16 SU in their last 20 games vs. Pac-12 competition. The total has gone OVER in six of the Ducks’ last seven games, dating back to last season, and they are 5-1 ATS in their last six vs. WCC opponents.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points

San Francisco Dons
+7½ (-105) +290 O 143½ (-110)
Oregon Ducks -7½ (-115) -360 U 143½ (-110)

Last Time Out:

The Dons saw their 3-game winning streak come to an end in tough fashion as Cal’s Makale Foreman hit a buzzer-beater from three as the Bears downed the Dons, 72-70, after USF led for the entire afternoon. Jamaree Bouyea had a career high 24 points for USF and Khalil Shabazz netted 21.

Chris Duarté, Eugene Omoruyi, and Eric Williams, Jr., scored 14 points each as Oregon held off Washington, 74-71, in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. N’Faly Dante totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Ducks survived a career-high 26 points from Washington guard Quade Green.

Don-Da-Don-Don:

San Francisco Dons LogoSan Francisco’s Bouyea and Shabazz are an elite backcourt which is getting better with each game. Bouyea (18.4 ppg) is the Dons leading scorer and shoots at a 55.9 percent clip while Shabazz (15.6 ppg) nets 35.6 percent of his triples. Their matchup with the talented Oregon backcourt of Amauri Hardy and Chris Duarte’ will be key in deciding this battle. The 3-ball is a USF staple as the Dons lead the nation in made 3-pointers with 95 and are third in made 3-pointers per game with 12.1. Defensively, San Francisco holds it’s opponents to 29.4 percent from behind the arc.

From the Pond:

Oregon Duck Basketball LogoOregon only makes 6.8 treys per game, so it may be easier for USF to take this part of the game away or the Dons may decide to try to negate the Ducks off the bounce. The inside game of 6-11, 250-lb. sophomore center N’Faly Dante (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg) could be a key piece in the Oregon attack as he shoots 65.5 percent from the field. He plays well off of the athleticism of a pair of 6-6 forwards in Eugene Omoruyi (19.6 ppg) and Eric Williams, Jr. (13.8 ppg).

USF’s Josh Kunen will be a key defensively with his athleticism against the two Oregon forwards. The Ducks have controlled the glass in their first five games behind Dante as they check in with an advantage of 8.6 boards per game while USF is only at a (+0.3). Dzmitry Ryuny (6.5 rpg) is the Dons’ leading rebounder and will look for help from Kunen or Julien Rishwain in staying with Dante, Williams (7.6 rpg) and St. John’s transfer LJ Figueroa (7.0 rpg) on the glass

Winner: Oregon (-7½) 80, San Francisco 71
O/U: Take OVER 143½

The Bets
Oregon -7½
-115
OVER 143½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.