No. 12 Oregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars Phil Knight Invitational preview, prediction, and odds

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No. 12 Oregon Ducks (2-0, 0-0) vs. BYU Cougars (2-0, 0-0)

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
Game Time: 7 p.m. PST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Network: ESPN

For the first time this season, the Oregon Ducks will be center stage on Tuesday night with a game against the BYU Cougars up in Portland. They will play at the Moda Center for the Phil Knight Invitational which will be televised on ESPN.

Finally a chance for this new look Ducks team to get in front of a national audience.

BYU may not be ranked inside the top-25, but they are definitely no slouch. The Cougars will give Oregon a nice early-season test, and we’ll get to see how this combination of new players will be able to handle the pressure of playing against a surefire tournament team.

Up Next: Oregon Game Plan…

Oregon Game Plan

After a season-opening game where they came out and launched three-pointers at a high volume, the Ducks settled in a bit in their second game of the season against SMU and shot an efficient 51% from the floor, and 45% from beyond the arc.

Of course, that will always be the plan for Oregon, but they will definitely look to benefit from some size down low to be successful in this one. BYU has a few big bodies in a pair of 6-foot-11 centers, Atiki Ally Atiki and Richard Harward.

If Franck Kepnang can have another solid game and make sure to finish when he is in the paint, Oregon will likely find success. The backcourt and litany of guards are proficient enough at scoring that Oregon shouldn’t be too afraid if this game gets to be a shootout.

Up Next: BYU Game Plan…

BYU Game Plan

The one thing that BYU is going to need to rely on is getting production from their bigs. Oregon has started a small-ball lineup in both of their games so far this year, with Quincy Guerrier and Eric Williams in the front-court. BYU is coming off of a physical win against SDSU where they outrebounded the Aztecs and were able to dominate the paint in the path to victory.

A big worry for the Cougars is allowing Oregon’s guards to get hot. The Ducks have the ability to score with the best of them, and if they start getting on a role and putting points on the board, it may be hard to keep up.

Up Next: Key Player for Each Team…

Key Players to Watch

Oregon Ducks

It’s going to be interesting to see how De’Vion Harmon plays in this game. The transfer from Oklahoma had BYU listed as a finalist when he was picking a new school to go to, so it wouldn’t be a major shock to see him give a little bit extra in hopes of proving that he made the right decision.

BYU Cougars

Te’Jon Lucas is a skilled guard who has shown in the past that he can heat up quickly behind the arc and provide a big spark to BYU’s offense. He’s had a relatively slow start to the 2021 season with just 18 points through two games, but you can bet that he will show up on the big stage.

Up Next: Predictions and Betting Odds…

Final Score Prediction and Betting Odds…

It’s no small thing that the Ducks will be playing their first game on national television on Tuesday night. As a team that has aspirations of making a deep tournament run, that means something, and they will be looking to put on a show and let the college basketball world that they are a real threat out of the Pac-12.

In the end, it’s going to be hard for any team to slow down Oregon’s backcourt, especially with the skill disparity between players. I expect Oregon to be able to get going early and rely on their trio of guards to lead the way.

Final Score Prediction

Oregon 76, SMU 68

Tipico Betting Line

Oregon Ducks -4.5 (All odds courtesy of Tipico Sports Book)

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