Offense meets defense when the No. 14 Oregon Ducks (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) visit Arizona State to take on the Sun Devils (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12). The game can be seen on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
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The last time the Ducks played, they dismantled the Utah Runnin’ Utes, 80-62. Oregon’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Utah. The Ducks had a rate of 0.692 (above their season average of 0.534), while the Runnin’ Utes posted a mark of 0.500. Will Richardson played a pivotal role for Oregon with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Sun Devils were victorious over the California Golden Bears in their last outing, 80-75. The Sun Devils had an absurd free throw rate of 0.396 (above their season average of 0.217) and had a turnover percentage of 12.0 (better than their season average of 16.1). Alonzo Verge Jr. led Arizona State in scoring with 22 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field.
It will be a battle of conflicting tempos as the up-tempo Sun Devils will look to push the more half-court-oriented Ducks. The Sun Devils currently rank 28th in possessions per game while the Ducks are 240th. Furthermore, the 21st-ranked offense of the Ducks (offensive efficiency of 111.3) will battle against the 59th-ranked defense of the Sun Devils (defensive efficiency of 94.9).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Payton Pritchard scored a game-high 29 points and the Ducks defeated the Sun Devils 78-69. He also put up six assists. The Ducks had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.7 vs. 27.0) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.593 vs. 0.466).
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Prediction: ATS Winner – Arizona State, O/U – Over
Oregon ranks 62nd in assists per game (14.5) while Arizona State ranks 243rd (10.9).
The Ducks rank 107th in rebounds allowed per game (33.9) while the Sun Devils rank 252nd (38.0).
Oregon ranks first in steals allowed per game (4.0) while Arizona State ranks 120th (6.4).
The Sun Devils rank 144th in three pointers attempted per game (22.0) while the Ducks rank 225th in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
Arizona State blocks 3.4 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 93rd in the country. Oregon ranks 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Ducks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 8.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Sun Devils have scored an average of 78.2 points per game (4.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (2.2 above their season average).