NCAA Tournament March Madness Picks & Odds: Oregon vs. VCU Predictions

NCAA Tournament handicapper Brandon Hurley is back with his expert plays for Oregon vs. VCU
Brandon Hurley
Sat, March 20, 8:22 AM EDT

March Madness First Round Picks

Oregon vs. VCU

Oregon ranks 13th on offense and 72nd on defense, per KenPom. VCU ranks 118th on offense and 12th on defense. Both teams come into this game off defeats in their Conference Tournaments. Oregon is 20-6 while VCU is 19-7. This is a classic battle of offense vs defense and I’m going with the offense. Oregon has a very dynamic offense that boasts 5 starters that average double digits PPG. Oregon can flat out shoot the rock. The Ducks ranks 19th in 3 point shooting %, 57th in 2 point shooting %, and 30th in Offense Effective FG %. VCU ranks 211th, 92nd, and 125th in these 3 categories. VCU is known for their defense and forcing turnovers. Oregon should be able to handle this pressure as they rank 69th in Turnover %. Oregon should also be able to control the boards. The Ducks rank 154th in Offense Rebounding % and 145th in Defense Rebounding %. VCU ranks 153rd and 290th in these categories.

Oregon has the experience ranking 33rd in the country and that experience should show against a young VCU bunch ranking 305th. As mentioned above, Oregon has a plethora of scoring options to attack this strong VCU defense. They also have a strong defense that allows 66.9 PPG. I expect the experienced Ducks to have the Offense humming and the 3s dropping Saturday night. Take Oregon -5.5. Best of luck!

The Pick: Oregon -5 @ -110

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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks

Oregon -5 @  -110 (Click To Bet)

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