Oregon vs St. Joseph’s March Madness R32 Betting Odds

Posted by D.Zamzack on March 20, 2016 in

On Sunday night, the Oregon Ducks and St. Joseph’s Hawks will square off in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. There isn’t a big surprise to know that Oregon will enter this match holding a -6.5 college basketball point spread, after all, the Ducks are the top seed in the region and had no trouble dismantling Holy Cross in the first round, 91-52. Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s, which holds the #8 seed, faced many issues in its March Madness opener and barely edged #9 Cincinnati in the first round, 78-76.

Oregon vs St. Joseph’s March Madness R32 Betting Odds

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9:40 PM ET (approx)
Where: Spokane Arena, Spokane WA
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Oregon -6.5

The Oregon Ducks hope to continue their winning run when they pay a visit to Spokane Arena on Sunday to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The Ducks are 29-6 so far on the season, and 19-12-1 ATS vs the number. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks, meanwhile, are 28-7 and 23-11 ATS.

Why should you bet on the Ducks?

There are many reasons why college basketball betting fans consider the Ducks a trusty teams. When Oregon is firing on all cylinders on offense, they are one of the elite programs in the nation, and they become almost impossible to stop. On the other hand, Forward Elgin Cook is at his best when he is being aggressive, and he was all over Holy Cross in the first round. Guards Casey Benson and Tyler Dorsey are outstanding in the transition game. This is a tough defensive group as well, but their strengths are definitely on the offensive side.

Why should you put your money on St. Joseph’s?

There’s always a chance for an upset and that something that St. Joseph’s detractors should keep in mind. The Hawks’ strength is in their inside game, led by DeAndre Bembry, a 6-6 forward who hits the glass on both ends of the floor and loves to drive to the rim. He can also knock down the clutch jumper when he needs to. Isaiah Miles, another forward, is strong with rim finishes. However, the Hawks are a little undermatched inside on size, so a bigger team can control matters. Aaron Brown is the driver on offense, and if he can hit some shots, the Hawks can get hot in a hurry.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that St. Joseph’s will hang tough in the first half but that the Ducks will start pulling away and will use turnovers and transition baskets to build enough of a lead to cover. I’m picking Oregon, 85-75.