UC Irvine Anteaters vs Oregon Ducks Pick

Date: 
March 24, 9:40 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Oregon -4
Total: 
124.5

The Pac-12's conference tournament champion goes against the dual winner of the Big West when Oregon plays UC Irvine in an NCAA tournament South regional second-round bout Sunday night in San Jose (9:40 pm ET, TBS). The Ducks are favored by a handful for this game, but the Anteaters already own one upset in this tournament. Which way are we going here with our free NCAA tournament pick?

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The Line

The NCAA tournament betting odds opened Oregon at -5 over UC-Irvine, with an over/under of 123. In early betting action, the spread was holding steady, while the total bumped to 124.

Bettors thinking the Anteaters might pull another upset here could get upwards of +190 on the college basketball betting money line.

Anteaters-Ducks Betting Preview

No. 13 seed UC-Irvine (31-5 SU, 21-13-1 ATS) reached Sunday's action by upsetting No. 4 seed Kansas State Friday 70-64. The Anteaters trailed the Wildcats by four points midway through the second half but went on a 12-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish, on their way toward the outright victory as four-point underdogs on the college basketball betting odds.

On the day Irvine shot 44 percent from the floor, hit 17-for-19 from the free-throw line and held its own on the boards, getting out-rebounded by a margin of just 34-33.

So the Anteaters now own a 17-game winning streak, going 12-4-1 ATS along the way.

No. 12 seed Oregon (24-12 SU, 21-15 ATS) reached Sunday's play by beating No. 5 seed Wisconsin Friday 72-54. That game was tied at 31-31 early in the second half, but the Ducks outscored the Badgers from there 41-23 to win outright as two-point dogs.

On the day Oregon shot a hot 55 percent from the floor while holding Wisconsin to just 33 percent shooting.

So the Ducks now own a nine-game winning streak, which includes a 9-0 run ATS.

NCAA Tournament Betting Trends

  • With Friday's victory, UC Irvine is now 2-1 both SU and ATS this season against this NCAA tournament field. The Anteaters are also 4-1 ATS this season as underdogs on the college basketball betting lines.
  • With Friday's victory, Oregon is now 6-5 both SU and ATS against this NCAA tournament field this season. The Ducks are also 9-4 ATS this season when favored by single digits.

Anteaters-Ducks History

These programs met three seasons in a row from 2013-15, Oregon winning all three match-ups by an average score of 79-64.

Totals Report

The overs are 18-17 in UC-Irvine games this season, which are averaging 136 total points. That includes a 5-1 run over the Anteaters' last six games.

The unders are 24-12 in Oregon games this season, which are averaging 133 points. That includes a 7-2 run over the Ducks' last nine games.

UC Irvine vs Oregon Prediction 03/24/2019

Oregon caught a break getting an inept Wisconsin team in the first round of this tournament. The Ducks on paper aren't that lucky with this match-up. UC Irvine is holding opponents to just 38 percent FG shooting on the season and out-rebounding foes by seven per game. Oregon's playing some pretty good defense lately itself but for what should be a close, tough game we're taking the Anteaters and the points.

Free Pick: 
Take UC Irvine +4