Elite 8 Betting Pick on Oklahoma vs Oregon

Posted by Eric Williams on March 25, 2016 in

The top-seeded Oregon Ducks will look to validate their No. 1 seeding once again when they battle the second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners in their Elite Eight showdown on Saturday night.  With these two teams set to square off in what looks like an evenly matched affair, let’s get started. Don’t forget to check for more Elite 8 betting lines at MyBookie online sportsbook.

Elite 8 Betting Pick on Oklahoma vs Oregon & TV Info

When: Saturday, March 26, 6:09 PM ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calf.
Stream: March Madness Live
RadioOregon / Oklahoma
Odds: Pk
Total: 151

Why Bet the Oklahoma Sooners

Oregon (31-6 SU, 21-13 ATS) laid a 82-68 smackdown on No. 4 Duke in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday night and looks like a great wager to cash in, seeing as how they play great team basketball.

All-American forward Dillon Brooks led Oregon with 22 points and six assists against the Blue Devils while Elgin Cook chipped in 16 points and three other players also reached double digits in the victory.

“Our guys knew the significance of playing a Duke. All the Final Fours. All the national championships that their program has been able to win. It was a different feel to it. It was special for our program. We have so much respect for them, the nation does, for what they’ve accomplished.

Reserve forward Jordan Bell was everywhere for Oregon, scoring 13 points while adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the No. 5-ranked Ducks who are attempting to win their second NCAA title.

Oregon is ranked 42nd in scoring (79.0 ppg) and 43rd in field goal shooting percentage (46.9%). Defensively, Oregon ranks 89th in points allowed (68.5 ppg) and 64th in rebounds allowed (30.1 rpg).

Why Bet the Oregon Ducks

Oklahoma (28-7 SU, 13-20 ATS) man-handled No. 3 Texas A&M 77-63 in the Sweet 16 as point guard Jordan Woodard scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field including 5-of-6 from downtown. All-American shooting guard Buddy Hield was limited to 17 points on a modest 6 of 13 shooting from the field, but backcourt mate

“I just wanted to lock in,” Woodard said. “A lot of attention goes on the other guys, so I’ve got to be ready and find an open spot.”

“When we have ball movement and ball flow, everybody gets good shots,” said Hield, the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year who entered averaging 25.4 points and four 3- pointers per game.

The Sooners are ranked a stellar 21st in scoring (80.5 ppg), 65th in shooting (46.1 %) and a stupendous second in three-point shooting (42.6 %).

Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 139th in points allowed (70.5 ppg), but 41st in field goal defense (40.6 %)

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

For me, Oregon is the pick in this contest mostly because of their team style of play. In addition to Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook, the Ducks have two very good, if underrated players in do-it-all forward Jordan Bell and athletic high-flying big man Chris Boucher.

Oklahoma has been absolutely abysmal when it comes to covering the spread this season and inconsistent for major stretches in each of their seven losses this season.

The Sooners are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while Oregon has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games.

Both teams looked very solid in their respective Sweet 16 games but again, to me, Oregon is deeper and more balanced offensively.

The Ducks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against Big 12 ballclubs, 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Conversely, Oklahoma is just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine NCAA Tournament games and 1-5 ATS in their last six neutral site games.

My final score prediction is Oregon as a Pick ‘Em.