9:00 pm
December 1

#18 Oregon @ Houston

Who will WIN this matchup?

#18 Oregon Ducks (4-2)

@ Houston Cougars (5-0)


Current odds:

Oregon Ducks: (+135)

Houston Cougars: (-155)


 The line for this game is Houston by 3 points.

 No. 21 Oregon looks to bounce back from its shocking loss when it visits unbeaten Houston on Saturday. The Ducks fell at home to Texas Southern on Monday and are afraid that type of non-conference loss could haunt them come Selection Sunday. The Ducks lacked physical play in the loss and were ineffective defensively without injured sophomore forward Kenny Wooten in the second half.

 The Cougars – who will bring an 19-game win streak from their temporary stay at Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena to the opening of their Fertitta Center on Saturday – should give Oregon another physical test. The Cougars are led offensively by sharp-shooting upperclassmen, but get contributions from post players Breaon Brady, Brison Gresham and Cedrick Alley Jr.

 Bol Bol, a 7-2 freshman center, leads the Ducks with 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game after recording three double-doubles this season. Pritchard adds 14.5 points and 5.3 assists per contest while five other Ducks – including Wooten – average at least 5.3 points. Wooten (5.3 points, 5.0 rebounds) practiced this week after bruising his knee against Texas Southern and is expected to play.

 Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. leads the Cougars with 20 points per contest and junior guard Armoni Brooks adds 14.0. Brady, a 6-8 senior, averages 8.6 points on a team-best 73.1 percent shooting and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. The Cougars have three starters – Davis, Brooks and senior Galen Robinson Jr. (8.4 points, 6.0 assists) – shooting at least 40 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

 The Cougars’ 19-game home win streak is tied with Charleston and Montana for the nation’s second-longest active run.

 Houston sophomore F Fabian White Jr., who has not practiced with the team following offseason surgery on his foot, has a chance to play against Oregon but more likely will return next week.

  The average height of Oregon’s frontcourt – including two freshmen who have not played – is 6-10 while Houston’s average – including White – is 6-7.5.

StreakSmarter Pick
Houston Cougars