The Baylor Bears will play their first game of the season as the top-ranked team in the country as the defending champs have gotten off to a hot start. They will play a tough road matchup with the Oregon Ducks on Saturday night.
Baylor is coming off a 57-36 victory over the Villanova Wildcats with a fantastic defensive effort. The Bears are the top-ranked team in KenPom overall, and they rank inside the top five in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. Baylor has nine players averaging double-digit minutes per game, and we haven’t seen much of a drop off from last year’s team.
Oregon snapped a two-game losing streak by crushing the Portland Pilots earlier this week to improve to 6-5. The Ducks are much better offensively than defensively, but they don’t seem to have a go-to guy who can go out and put up big numbers every night. Oregon’s top scorer is Will Anderson, who is going for 11.8 points per game.
When: Saturday, December 18th, 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
Where to live stream online: WatchESPN, ESPN app
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Baylor -7
Oregon at home is a different team. However, the Ducks have simply not been up to the mark this season. A .500 group with big losses to Houston and BYU is not the team you want to back against the defending national champions. Take the Bears against the number here.
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