The Oregon Ducks will look to continue their winning ways and punch their ticket to the elite eight on Sunday when they take on the USC Trojans. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9:45 PM EST from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Oregon moved into the round of 32 without ever playing a game due to COVID concerns within the VCU program. They then completely dismantled an Iowa team with national championship aspirations to move into the round of sixteen. The fifteen-point loss was Iowa’s second-worst loss of the season.
USC took a similar path in the round of 32 by dominating a Kansas team from the opening tip. The Trojans led 40-21 at the half in a game that was never really close. The Mobley brothers combined for 27 points, 21 rebounds, nine assists, and four blocks in the game.
Oregon Ducks Betting Preview: Ducks Fly Together
In their only meeting with USC during the regular season, Dana Altman’s team fell to the Trojans by a 72-58 score. Since that game, Oregon is 6-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of an Oregon State team that is playing their best basketball of the last decade.
The first meeting also took place when Will Richardson had not yet found his rhythm after missing the first 12 games of the season due to injury. Over his last six games, the 6’5 junior has found his stroke averaging over 15 points per game and shooting a blazing 61% from behind the arc. He is not just a one-trick pony either; Richardson is also averaging 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Oregon are 15-12 against the spread on the season, including a 6-1 mark ATS over their last seven contests. The total has gone over in 11 of Oregon’s 14 road and neutral-site games on the season.
USC Trojans Betting Preview: Warriors in the paint
There was some hesitancy to get behind this USC team heading into the tournament as they did not play the toughest schedule during the regular season. Those concerns have seemingly been put to rest as Andy Enfield’s team has rolled through the first two rounds of the dance against a couple of good opponents. The average margin of victory in the Trojan’s first two games was 25 points, impressive.
USC does it mostly with defense as they are the fifth-best team in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency while being the best team in the nation in defensive two-point percentage. The Mobley brothers put the paint on lockdown on vacuum-up rebounds very effectively.
The Trojans are 18-13 against the spread on the season, including 5-1 ATS in their last six games. They split the total on the season, going 15-15-1.
USC vs. Oregon Betting Odds & Lines
Bovada has the spread favoring the Trojans by 2 points, with the total set at 138.5. USC is juiced on the moneyline at -130 while the Ducks payout at +110 to win straight up.
Free Betting Pick
This is an incredibly tough game to pick as both teams are rolling. Oregon has the guard play while USC has the big men. The NCAA Tournament is a guard-driven event, and Oregon has enough muscle in the frontcourt to at least hold their own.
Richardson and Chris Duarte are rolling right now, and Dana Altman is the better coach. Take the Ducks straight up and avoid the juice. The total stays under.