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Steve Merrill | CBB Sides – Saturday, Mar 12 2016 10:00PM

#753 Utah 1.5(-110) vs #754 Oregon
‘double-dime bet’

Analysis:Utah and Oregon will play for the third time this season. The Ducks won the first two meetings, but the Utes had legitimate excuses for their poor play in both of those games. In the first meeting in Utah, the Utes were just returning home off a 3-game road trip. That is a rare scheduling spot in college basketball, and Utah was simply unprepared to play; it was their lone home loss of the season. In the second meeting in Oregon, the Utes were on the tail end of a grueling road trip: “We’ve been in a hotel room 18 nights out of 38 since we started league play,” Utah coach Larry Krystowiak said after that loss in Oregon. “It hasn’t exactly been easy to play 7 out of 11 on the road. We’ve grown a little road weary.” Despite the poor scheduling spot, Utah led for most of the first half before losing the game by 10 points.

Oregon survived a crazy game in overtime against Arizona last night. The Ducks led by 15 points at the half, and by 4 points with just 12.8 seconds left. Arizona had a chance to win the game at the free throw line with no time left on the clock, but after making one of two free throws, the game went to overtime. Oregon went on to win 95-89, but that game took a lot of energy out of the Ducks. Oregon had four guys play 37 minutes or more, and the team combined to shoot 47.8% (32-67) from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from three-point land. We expect regression from Oregon tonight as they will be playing on tired legs. Utah also won in overtime last night, but their game against California was less taxing as it was played at a slow pace with a lot of fouls called. The game had little flow, and Utah’s offense shot just 43.1% (25-58) from the fi †eld and 33.3% (7-21) from three-point land. Utah has plenty of motivation for this game, and since we expect better offensive production, we’ll back the Utes in this game on Saturday night.

2* Play UTAH (+).