The Houston Cougars (2-1) head to Oregon to take on the No. 11 Ducks (4-0) in a matchup that pits outstanding offense against exceptional defense. The game can be seen on Pac-12 Network at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Houston Cougars vs. Oregon Ducks Free Prediction
The Cougars will be hoping for similar success after defeating the Rice Owls in their last contest, 97-89. Houston’s rebounding was their biggest strength. The Cougars had 16 offensive rebounds and 47 total rebounds, while the Owls had eight and 34, respectively. With 32 points on 11-for-17 shooting, Quentin Grimes was the top scorer from either team.
In the Ducks’ last matchup, they won big over the UT Arlington Mavericks, 67-47. Oregon was 8-20 on three pointers (40.0 percent), while UT Arlington was just 6-30 (20.0 percent). Payton Pritchard was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field.
The Cougars won the sole game against the Ducks last season, 65-61. The Cougars had a much better turnover percentage (15.2 vs. 20.9) and had a better free throw rate (0.316 vs. 0.245).
Baskets could be hard to come by in this matchup between a pair of the NCAA’s premier defenses. Dating back to last season, Oregon ranks 25th in defensive efficiency (95.0) and Houston is eighth (92.6).
Houston Cougars at Oregon Ducks Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Oregon
Houston averages 25.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 64th in the NCAA. Oregon ranks 268th in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
The Cougars rank 10th in rebounds per game (40.8) while the Ducks rank 195th (34.9).
Oregon ranks 45th in steals per game (7.6) while Houston ranks 138th (6.4).
The Cougars rank 16th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Ducks rank 71st (11.8).
Houston allows the second-fewest blocks per game (2.0) while Oregon ranks 51st (2.7).