Colorado vs. Oregon Prediction: Can You Count on Colorado to Take Down the Ducks?

Colorado vs. Oregon predictions and pick for Thursday's college basketball matchup in the Pac 12. Handicapper LightningLocks analyzes this showdown at 5:30 pm ET.
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Colorado vs. Oregon Prediction: Can You Count on Colorado to Take Down the Ducks?

This afternoon, we go to the league of champions, also known as the Pac 12 as Oregon and the mighty Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes. All year we were down on Colorado and impressed by Oregon with their little run beating all the big boys in one week, but things change fast in the world of basketball and especially in March Madness. Both teams are probably on the bubble, so this is an important game. But, unfortunately, we feel the loser is probably not going to the big dance.

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Colorado vs. Oregon Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Game Time: 5:30 pm ET

Where to Watch: PAC12

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Colorado vs. Oregon Prediction

Colorado ended the season winning seven of their last eight, including one of the biggest upsets beating Arizona, the best team in the conference. These teams are playing the third time this season, and this is the tiebreaker because Oregon won on the road 66-51 in a beatdown, and Colorado escaped with an 82-78 road win, so no home-court advantage and none today either. Lately, Colorado has been a team that loves the conference tournament as they were the runners-up last year and have played in four semifinals. Colorado isn't the best offense by far, but they scored 20 fewer points than they average in the previous game in an awful performance, but if you look at all the stats, these teams aren't that even.

Colorado is the better rebounding team, has better free-throw shooting, and better 3 point shooting. Oregon just has a better field goal percentage. This team has proven me wrong many times, but the best player on the court today is Jabari Walker, and he will lead them to a win.

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Oregon beat Oregon State, but the game was closer than it looked as they started and ended hot, but the Beavers hung on for a long time, and they were the worst team in the league this year. What is going to be huge is Will Richardson scored 30 points in the two games they played, and how will they replace that against a good team? They won't shoot 56% again like yesterday, and when you are missing your leading scorer, it may not affect you in one game, but it will in the next one against a team fighting for their tournament lives.

This game is almost a toss-up, but based on how they ended, they expected a duplicate performance and a tight win based on Walker's dominance in the game they won. So we will take Colorado and the +1 and expect a 4 point win at least from the Buffaloes as they advance again in the tournament they love to play in and get a shot at the big boys one more time.

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