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California Oregon Betting Predictions – Ducks Know They Need To Respond To Adversity

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/19/2013 5:59:48 PM

The Oregon Ducks were unbeaten in Pac-12 play. Then they lost their starting freshman point guard. Then they lost three games in rapid succession. They have to find a way out of trouble.

California Golden Bears @ Oregon Ducks – Thursday, February 21      
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Why California Will Win

Even an online horse betting guru would know that anything can and does happen in college sports. One of the more remarkable aspects of the 2010 college football season, something that made NCAA football betting students quite incredulous, was the ability of California to flummox Oregon's offense in a game the Ducks barely won, 15-13, on the road to the BCS National Championship Game. California played Oregon more evenly than any other Pac-10 team that season. (The league became the Pac-12 in 2011 with the additions of Utah and Colorado.)

In college basketball, California seems to give Oregon a similar set of problems. It's improbable but real: California has won its last 10 games against Oregon, a streak sustained when the Golden Bears beat the Ducks, 58-54, in Berkeley, a few weeks ago. California overcame a late deficit by shutting out Oregon in the final few minutes of regulation. If Oregon point guard Dominic Artis is unable to be effective, the Ducks' offense will remain hamstrung and balky.

In a separate line of thought, California knows that it needs more high-quality wins to get onto the good side of the NCAA tournament bubble. The Golden Bears have already won at Arizona. If they could do that, they certainly can win at Oregon.

Why Oregon Will Win

When a winning poker hand exists, you don't need to worry about outside influences or factors. You just play the hand. Oregon has that set of cards in this contest. Oregon has simply been able to elevate its level of productivity this season. The Ducks are a better version of what they were over the past two years under head coach Dana Altman.

Yes, Oregon has lost ground in recent weeks because of the absence of freshman point guard Dominic Artis, who might not be available for this game. Yet, even without Artis, Oregon can stand on its own in this game. While the Ducks have not often won on California's home floor in Berkeley, they will be playing this game in Eugene, where they're very strong. Oregon has lost 10 straight games to California over the past several seasons, suggesting something of a matchup problem, but Oregon is and has been a better team than Cal this season. By the time this game arrives, Oregon will have revenge on its mind, but just as importantly, it will realize that it had a 54-48 lead late in its road loss to Cal, but simply didn't finish the job in the final three minutes of regulation. It's hard to imagine this California team sweeping the season series from this Oregon team, especially if Artis is healthy. UO can beat Cal, though, even without Artis on the floor.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that California could sweep the season series, but Oregon feels a profound need to win this game and halt its downward slide in the Pac-12. Take the Ducks in this situation.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Oregon

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