No. 12 Oregon pulled off an upset in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, and now the Pac-12 champions will be looking to knock out No. 4 Saint Louis in the Round of 32.
Oregon rolled over No. 5 Oklahoma State 68-55 in March Madness betting action in the Round of 64 on Thursday, entering that game as a 2.5-point underdog on the odds. Saint Louis is coming off a 64-44 win over No. 13 New Mexico State as a 9.5-point favorite.
Saint Louis battles the Ducks, currently sitting with a 27-8 mark (14-17-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 12-17-1 for the Billikens and 12-17 for the Ducks.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Louis sat as 3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Billikens sit at No. 58 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Ducks sit at No. 57 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Billikens will win this game 76-74.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Saint Louis has the nation's No. 148-rated offensive output, at 68.6 PPG. The visiting Ducks defense ranks No. 93 allowing on average 63.4 PPG. The Billikens FG% has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Ducks marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Oregon owns the country's No. 189-rated mark, allowing 70.2 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 183 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Oregon, they were a 68-55 winner as they battled Oklahoma State on the road. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. Oregon earned a 68-55 victory over Oklahoma State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Damyean Dotson at HP Pavilion.
Saint Louis was a 64-44 winner in their most recent outing at home against New Mexico State. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Billikens and Aggies didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as New Mexico State was handed a 64-44 defeat on Thursday at HP Pavilion.
A few Ducks at Billikens trends to consider:
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Louis's last 5 games