NCAA Tournament Picks: Oregon vs. BYU

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March Madness tips off today with a slew of games, including the Oregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars.


Online sportsbook odds have the Ducks as a 5-point favorite for this 3:10 pm (ET) tipoff to be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.



Oregon comes into the tournament on a nice run, going on a bit of a tear down the stretch to grab an at-large bid. Their guard play is what paces this team and it’s what will get them a win and cover today. They should be able to take advantage of the huge loss BYU suffered when Kyle Collingsworth went down with a blown knee.



Collingsworth was the Cougars second leading scorer and just as importantly, their best rebounder. So much of that offense started or finished with him. He is a big reason star guard Tyler Haws was able to do what he does, score a ton of points. Without Collingsworth, Haws is going to find the going appreciably tougher.


NCAA Basketball Pick: As stated above, we like Oregon laying the five points. They’ve played a tougher schedule and while they might not have the best player on the floor today, they have the better lineup overall.

Without Collingsworth, we see the Ducks pulling away for a solid win.


Take Oregon -5


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