Oregon vs Arizona Odds, Picks | How to Bet Saturday’s Pac-12 Matchup

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Azuolas Tubelis of the Arizona Wildcats.

Oregon vs Arizona Odds

Saturday, January 14
6 p.m. ET
Oregon Odds
-110o / -110u
Arizona Odds
-110o / -110u
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The Arizona Wildcats have turned into a well-oiled machine this season. They enter this matchup ninth in the country, having lost just two games thus far.

While they've looked imposing, this afternoon, they're going to face a team that may give them more trouble than many expect. That team is the Oregon Ducks.

It has been an up-and-down season for Oregon, as it's continued to trade wins and losses. This trend has resulted in some quality wins, but the losses have weighed heavier and may be more indicative of the Ducks' performance against teams like the Wildcats.

Will Oregon get its ducks in a row and challenge Arizona? Let's find out as we dive into our prediction and discover the best bet for this matchup.

Oregon Ducks

When you look at Oregon on the offensive end of the floor, the one man everyone circles is Will Richardson. The senior guard has been a staple of this team for years, and he's proven to progress annually.

Richardson is a dynamic scorer and can go off if he's able to get hot from beyond the arc. However, if the Ducks want to hang around in this game, he's going to need some help.

That assistance will likely come from big men N'Faly Dante and Quincy Guerrier. Dante has been an efficient and imposing force in the middle, but he may have a very tough time with the Wildcats' twin towers.

Guerrier will have to be more of a wing than a four in this matchup because the one way to attack this Arizona defense is to stretch it out and force the big men to the perimeter. He can do that with his threat of perimeter shooting, but the issue is that he's been cold from deep lately.

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Arizona Wildcats

This Wildcats team has been fun to watch, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. They come into this game fourth in offensive efficiency and seventh in effective field goal percentage but also eighth in tempo.

They possess a rare combination of size, athleticism and perimeter shooting. However, it all starts down low with the big Azuolas Tubelis.

Tubelis has proven he's one of the best players in the country, as he comes in averaging 20.8 points per game and 9.2 rebounds on 58% shooting from the field.

What's made Tubelis so dangerous this year is that he's not alone in the paint. Junior center Oumar Ballo has taken a massive leap offensively and has nearly duplicated Tubelis' production but with even more efficiency (67%).

Then the Ducks will have to contend with the deadly backcourt trio of Kerr Kriisa, Courtney Ramey and Pelle Larsson. Each of them has shown the ability to catch fire and propel the offense with their prowess from beyond the arc.

Now, the Ducks may be one of the few teams in the country that can match up with the Wildcats size-wise, but the skill gap is what makes the difference. There's too much for the Ducks to worry about, and they will be burned if they overcommit to one player on the floor.

Oregon vs Arizona Pick, Prediction

On paper, this looks to be a matchup where the Ducks could play up to their competition. But the fact is they've failed to do that many times this year, dropping games to Houston, UConn, Michigan State and UCLA.

The Wildcats fall right into that group, and you could even make the argument that they should be in front of it. Despite this game being on the road, Arizona will prove to be too much on the offensive end, and Oregon won't be able to account for all of its scoring threats.

On the other end of the floor, it would not surprise me to see Oregon go through cold stretches. Its interior shooting will be contained, and it doesn't have enough perimeter shooting to burn the Wildcats.

Back Arizona to get the job done.

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