The No. 4 Oregon Ducks (11-2) will attempt to extend their five-game winning streak against the Colorado Buffaloes (11-2, 1-0 Pac-12) at CU Events Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes ATS Prediction
In the Ducks’ last outing, they blew out the Alabama State Hornets, 98-59. The Ducks forced 20 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.689 (above their season average of 0.560). Oregon received a boost from Chris Duarte, who was the game’s high scorer with 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting.
The Buffaloes had no trouble getting past the Iona Gaels in their last contest, 99-54. The Buffaloes held the Gaels to an offensive rebounding percentage of 7.3 (below their season average of 30.6) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.708 (above their season average of 0.474). With 13 points and 10 assists, McKinley Wright IV played well for Colorado.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Ducks rank 35th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.8 percent), while Colorado ranks 35th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.0 percent).
After the Buffaloes won the only game against the Ducks last season, 73-51, these teams will meet for the first time this year. The Buffaloes knocked down 24 of their 28 free throws (85.7 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.3 vs. 18.2).
Oregon Ducks at Colorado Buffaloes Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Colorado, O/U – Over
Colorado ranks 37th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Oregon ranks 84th (11.8).
The Ducks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 20.8, up from 14.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Buffaloes have scored an average of 78.4 points per game (6.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (3.7 above their season average).