Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Oregon has been one of the top performers thus far in Pac 12 play standing an impressive 18-2 overall and 7-0 in conference. There’s no denying Oregon got off to a slow start to the year, but the Ducks have been progressing as a squad under the radar and also when Dillon Brooks made his comeback it also boosted the team as a whole. Brooks looks like he should be ready to go for this one, but Oregon is holding that information tight to the vest just like Utah has been with the status of big man David Collette. Oregon has won 6 straight conference games in blowout fashion, but things will get tougher today for the Ducks on the road. Oregon has strengths on both ends of the court ranking 18th in the nation in total defense and 49th in scoring average.
Utah has emerged as one of the more dangerous teams in the Pac 12 over the past few weeks and the Utes sit in the upper tier of the league standing 14-5 overall and 5-2 in conference. In their last outing Utah was impressive on the road getting past Washington by a final of 94-72 and that came on the heels of a 43 point win on the road against Washington State. Utah has been boosting their resume and the Utes also have shown strengths on both sides of the ball standing 55th in the nation in total defense and 29th in scoring average. Utah might not have gone against the toughest nonconference slate, but the Utes have been passing the eye test with flying colors as of late.
These are two of the hottest teams in the Pac 12 right now along with Arizona and this figures to be a very competitive matchup as a result. We’re confident that Dillon Brooks is going to get back on the court for this important matchup and that’ll be a boost for the Ducks. Utah will fight hard at home and in a game we see going either way straight up we’ll take the Ducks with the points.
Oregon +2.5 -110