The Oregon Ducks are going into their Sweet 16 contest against fellow Pac-12 school USC as a slight underdog for the second straight game in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks and the Trojans are set to square off as the final game of the Sweet 16, played Sunday evening at 6:45 p.m. PT and carried on TBS. The sportsbook William Hill in Las Vegas says the Ducks are a 2-point underdog against the Trojans.
“If you are a competitor, you want an opportunity to come back and show what you’re capable of doing,” said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “I’d be really disappointed if our guys didn’t feel that way because I know our coaching staff is looking forward to another opportunity.”
When the line was first released earlier this week, oddsmakers made this game a pick’em – there was no line as each team had an equal chance at winning. That betting action this week has carried USC over to a 2-point favorite as the game is now here.
The Ducks and Trojans have played once already this season, and USC won in blowout fashion 72-58 in Los Angeles. Senior guard Tahj Eaddy led all players with 24 points, and he made six of USC’s 10 total three-pointers. The Ducks trailed 15-0 in the early moments of this game and didn’t score their 10th point until there were just five minutes left in the first half.
Oregon’s performance in Los Angeles was by far their worst overall game of the season and it cost them a big game. The Ducks were led by senior forward LJ Figueroa’s 14 points and five rebounds and junior forward Eric Williams Jr.’s 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
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