7:03 pm
December 21

Oregon @ Baylor

Who will WIN this matchup?

Oregon Ducks (8-3)

@ Baylor Bears (6-4)


Current odds:

Oregon Ducks: (+150)

Baylor Bears: (-170)


• The line for this game is Baylor by 4 points.

• Expectations were high for Oregon to start the season, but losses to Iowa, Houston and Texas Southern have the Ducks outside the Top 25 looking in. Oregon will get another chance to beat a major-college program when it makes its second trip to the state of Texas this month to face an equally struggling Baylor squad on Friday. In Tuesday’s 71-64 win, Oregon overcame a short bench, slow start and slow finish to defeat Florida A&M, getting a season-high 16 points from Victor Bailey Jr.

• Baylor, coming off a 58-49 victory at Arizona on Saturday, was caught sleeping Tuesday, as the Bears scored one point over the last four minutes and let an eight-point lead slip away in a 59-58 loss to Stephen F. Austin. “As exciting as our last game was, that was how disappointing this game was,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said afterward. “We couldn’t throw it in the ocean, couldn’t make free throws, turned it over. With all that being said, if we guard the second half like we did in the first half, especially in the first eight minutes, we win the game.”

• Bol leads the team in scoring (21.0 points on 56.1 percent shooting), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7), while Payton Pritchard leads in assists (4.6), steals (1.6) and 3-pointers (17) while scoring 13 points and grabbing four boards per contest. Bailey (8.9 points), who ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4 percent), has provided a spark of the bench of late with four double-figure scoring efforts in his last six games. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 and rank 21st nationally in free-throw percentage at 76.4 percent.

• The Bears got 24 points from Tristan Clark against Stephen F. Austin but shot 38.2 percent, finished 4-of-24 beyond the arc and missed nine of 21 free-throw attempts. Mark Vital (5.8 points, 8.3 rebounds) finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and five steals, but Makai Mason (14.1 points) and King McClure (11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds) were held to a combined 16 points – 9.5 points below their combined season average. The 6-9 Clark averages 14.1 points on 79.2 percent from the floor – highest in the nation – and 5.8 rebounds in 28.1 minutes.

• Oregon and Baylor have one common opponent this season: Texas Southern. The Tigers defeated the Bears 72-69 on Nov. 6, while the Ducks fell to the Tigers 89-84 on Nov. 26.

• This is the third meeting all-time. The teams each won on their home courts in 2015-16 (Oregon) and 2016-17 (Baylor).

•  In their previous trip to Texas this season, the Ducks dropped a 65-61 decision to Houston on Dec. 1.

StreakSmarter Pick
Oregon Ducks