BYU Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks Prediction, Pick and Preview, November 16 (11/16): NCAAB
- Nov 17, 2021, 6:58:19 AM
Credit: photo by Soochum Bol-USA TODAY Sports
|Time||3:30 p.m. EST|
|BYU money line||+155|
|BYU spread||+4.5 (-110)|
|Oregon money line||-190|
|Oregon spread||-4.5 (-110)|
|Over / under||141.5|
The Oregon Ducks and the BYU Cougars will meet in the Phil Knight Invitational Tuesday evening.
The Cougars has started 2021 with two solid non-conference wins and they'll look to make it a third here. After defeating of Cleveland State at home, BYU defeated former conference rival San Diego State in a contested game, 66-60.
The Ducks have a respectable non-conference slate, and it started with wins over tournament hopefuls SMU and Texas Southern. They went in as eight-point favorites and covered that with room to spare against SMU, 86-63.
BYU is spearheaded by super senior Alex Barcello. This won't be the 6'2 guard's first time facing Oregon, as he spent his first two years at Arizona, but he will have much more of a load to shoulder this time around. Barcello leads the team with 20.5 ppg.
There's a bit of a drop-off in production beyond Barcello this season. Senior guard Te'Jon Lucas transferred in after leading Milwaukee U in scoring, and he's second on the team with 9.5 ppg and 4.0 apg.
Forwards Caleb Lohner and Fousseyni Traore start up front for BYU, and they both average a strong 8 rpg.
The Ducks were led by a trio of versatile veterans. Will Richardson is bound to take on a bigger role this season now that Chris Duarte has moved on to the Indiana Pacers. RIchardson is leading the team with 19 ppg, while former Duquense transfer Eric Williams Jr. paced the team with 19 points against SMU.
Dana Altman struck gold in the transfer portal, landing Jacob Young from Rutgers and De'Vion Harmon from Oklahoma. Harmon scored 15 points in the opener against Texas Southern, while Young scored 18 against SMU.
It seems like Dana Altman always loses core pieces, and he just keeps retooling and reloading. This Oregon team is no different, and they will enter this home spot with size, experience, and skill on their side. It feels like a no-brainer and a gift of a spread, so take Oregon to win and cover tonite.
PICK: Oregon -4.5 (-110)
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