The UC Riverside Highlanders and Oregon Ducks meet at Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon on Wednesday night. Oregon is looking to build on a 87-47 blowout over the Montana Grizzlies on Monday.
There was some support for Montana on the road in that one, but the Ducks didn’t make it much of a contest. Oregon had a 46-23 lead at halftime and didn’t let up in the second-half for 41-23.
This is what happens when you’re a decent team coming off a terrible effort. Oregon didn’t try at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as they were curb stomped by the No. 15 Houston Cougars by a score of 78-49.
Houston is a very good team, one of the more underrated in the NCAA. However, Oregon looked like they were concerned with anything other than basketball in Las Vegas.
Most of the team may not be the legal drinking age, but the Ducks played like they were out partying in a nightclub the night before. This was their second straight loss after a 62-50 loss versus Saint Mary’s last Tuesday at Mandalay Bay.
Shooting 50% from three and the lead is 76-44.
— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 30, 2021
Head coach Dana Altman tested his squad to wake up and play better basketball at home in Eugene. That’s what they did in their third home game of the season.
Oregon has been in terrific form at home in those three outings. Texas Southern, SMU, and Montana didn’t come close to stopping the Ducks in Eugene.
They remain in Eugene with UC Riverside on tap Wednesday night. The Highlanders are coming off a 67-50 loss against Saint Mary’s on the road to drop to 5-3 on the season.
UC Riverside looked good on November 26 with a 60-49 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers. They don’t have a signature win in their five wins, though.
The Highlanders have wins versus La Sierra, Bethesda, UTEP, and Florida A&M. After a meeting versus Saint Mary’s, they have another stiff test on the road tonight. Head below for our free UC Riverside vs. Oregon pick on December 1, 2021.
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Oregon Ducks Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|UC Riverside Highlanders||+13 (-110)||OFF||Over 129 (-110)|
|Oregon Ducks||-13 (-110)||OFF||Under 129 (-110)|
|Team Data||UC Riverside Highlanders||Oregon Ducks|
|Points Per Game||63.8||68.1|
|Points Against Per Game||59.0||63.7|
|Field Goal %||41.3||44.4|
|Three Point %||33.0||33.6|
UC Riverside vs. Oregon Prediction:
UC Riverside will have to find a stroke offensively in Eugene to have a chance tonight. The Highlanders have struggled to put the ball in the hoop this season. It’s unlikely to get better on the road at the University of Oregon.
They are 313rd in the NCAA with 63.8 points scored per game. The Highlanders are shooting just 41.3% from the field. Let’s keep in mind that UC Riverside hasn’t had a tough schedule at all either.
They’ve been some soft defenses, but just can’t shoot the ball well. It doesn’t matter if the defense is playing off or tight defense.
Look at what they’ve done from the free throw line. The Highlanders are awful with a free throw percentage of 61.3%.
You can find many high schools that are better at the charity stripe than UC Riverside, who are 344th in the NCAA. Heck, there are middle schools better than 61.3% at free throws.
UC Riverside Highlanders vs. Oregon Ducks Betting Trends:
- 4-11 ATS in their previous 15 games
- 2-8 ATS in their previous ten games on the road
- 1-4-1 ATS in their previous six games on a Wednesday
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games versus a team with a winning home record
- UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games
- 8-0 overall in their previous eight games at Oregon
- 20-0 overall in their previous 20 games versus the Big West Conference
- 19-9 ATS in their previous 28 games after allowing less than 50 points
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- OVER is 9-2 in their previous 11 games after a win
Oregon hasn’t showed up on the road, but they’re at home tonight where they’ve played great basketball. Overall, Oregon is 254th in the NCAA with 68.1 points per game.
At home in Eugene, that number goes up to 85.3 points scored per game. Their defense has also shown improvement at home with less than 60 points allowed as opposed to 63.7 points per game overall.
After returning home following a rough trip to Las Vegas, the Ducks rolled Montana for a blowout as 13-point favorites. We probably see another good attempt from Oregon.
I don’t know if they’re going to see another 87-47 win, but expect another big effort. Guards Will Richardson and De’Vion Harmon should be too tough to contain tonight, as the Ducks pull away for a 83-65 win.