Bet: Oregon -3.5 @ -110
People are pretty down on Oregon after their season-opening loss to Missouri, but they’re playing a Seton Hall team whose only win this season came against Iona and who lost to Rhode Island by 13 their last time out.
Oregon, despite the loss to Missouri, is extremely talented. Eugene Omoruyi went off against the Tigers to the tune of 31 points and 11 rebounds on 52.6% shooting. Chris Duarte and Eric Williams Jr. are also dynamic scorers for the Ducks, and I just don’t see Seton Hall being able to hang around.
I like Oregon outright, but I also like them to win by more than three. Seton Hall has not impressed this season, outside of big man Sandro Mamukelashvili, but even when he goes off the Pirates look bad. I expect Oregon to put up points, even without Will Richardson, and I don’t think Seton Hall can keep up with the likes of Omoruyi and Duarte.
Bet: Texas Tech – 28 @ -110
I think we’re going to see a big time bounce back game form Mac McClung and the Red Raiders on Friday night. The last time we saw them they were getting manhandles by in-state rival Houston, and I expect them to come out firing against Troy.
McClung is one of the better guards in the country and Troy doesn’t have a single player that can keep up with him. Now add in Marcus Santos-Silva and Terrence Shannon Jr. and I think the Trojans are in for a long night, with something like a 40-point loss in their immediate future.
Just take a look at Troy’s 23-point loss to UNC Wilmington on Saturday. UNC Wilmington is not a good team, they rank 228th in KenPom, and they still manhandled the Trojans. Texas Tech is a different animal, ranked 9th in those same rankings, and they are going to pretty much do whatever they want on Friday.