Football/Basketball

by Frank Baldwin October 29, 2015

ASU - UO Point Spread

 

Betting opened with Oregon a 1-point underdog - now at least 2-1/2 points. Remember this has nothing to do with 

professional assessments; only the perception of the betting public. Take the Ducks and the points and cross your fingers!

 

Oregon at Arizona State - Thu, Oct 29, 10:30 PM ET 

 

POINT SPREAD

TOTAL

MONEY LINE

BETONLINE.ag

+2.5
-2.5

ORE: -105
ASU: -115

65 O/U

o: -110
u: -110

ORE: +125
ASU: -145

5Dimes.eu

+2.5
-2.5

ORE: 100
ASU: -120

65.5 O/U

o: -110
u: -110

ORE: +125
ASU: -145

SportsBetting.ag

+2.5
-2.5

ORE: -105
ASU: -115

65 O/U

o: -110
u: -110

ORE: +125
ASU: -145

BOVADA

+3
-3

ORE: -120
ASU: 100

N/A

N/A

Fantasy911.com

+3
-3

ORE: -115
ASU: -105

66 O/U

o: -110
u: -110

ORE: +120
ASU: -140

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Game Preview

 

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State coach Todd Graham's voice rose as he talked to his players, reaching a shout as he told them Thursday's game against Oregon was their last chance. Lose and their hopes of winning the Pac-12 South and playing for a conference championship were done. He could have been talking about the Oregon Ducks, too. Oregon and Arizona State, a pair of teams that have failed to live up to expectations, will play what's essentially a Pac-12 elimination game Thursday night in the desert. "Now there's no margin for error. There's no responding to adversity," Graham said. "You have to win every game to even have a chance."

Arizona State (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) started the season ranked No. 15, but sputtered through the first seven games, playing well some games, falling flat others. The Sun Devils still had a chance to take control of the Pac-12 South two weeks ago in Salt Lake City, only to come up short in a 34-18 loss to Utah. The No. 13 Utes followed with a loss to Southern California last week, but are still in control of the South at 3-1. Oregon (4-3, 2-2) had even higher expectations despite losing Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, opening at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 preseason poll. The Ducks have floundered their way through a season that includes a blowout home loss to Utah and a double-overtime loss to Washington State. Oregon kept itself at the far edge of the Pac-12 North race with a hard-fought victory over Washington last week, but needs to win out and get lots of help to catch No. 8 Stanford, which is 5-0 in conference. "Just like last year when we were the greatest team in the history of football, which wasn't true, we're not the worst team in the history of football this year," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "Our guys have worked hard and our best football is ahead of us."

A few more things to look for when Oregon plays Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium:

WATCH THE BLITZ: Arizona State plays an aggressive defense, one that will send players blitzing from all over the field, often several at a time. Sometimes it has worked for the Sun Devils, sometimes it hasn't; they're first nationally with 9.9 tackles for loss per game, but 97th in giving up plays or 20 or more yards with 38. Oregon QB Vernon Adams appears to be finally healthy, so he will need to get balls out quick or use his elusiveness to extend plays and beat Arizona State's pressure.

FLYING DUCKS: Despite their struggles in the standings, the Ducks are still one of the nation's most explosive teams. Oregon is 11th nationally in total offense with 516.3 yards per game and 12th at 39.3 points per game. Though they're a spread team, the Ducks still primarily rely on the run, in particular Royce Freeman. The sophomore is seventh nationally with 997 yards and has scored nine touchdowns. The Sun Devils must play the right gaps defensively or Freeman could be gone in an instant.

DEVILED OFFENSE: Arizona State has had one of the nation's best offenses in each of Graham's four seasons as coach. The Sun Devils have sputtered a bit on that side of the ball this year. Arizona State is 53rd nationally with 419.7 yards per game and is 68th in scoring, averaging 29.1 points per game. The Sun Devils also are coming off one of their worst offensive performances under Graham, failing to score an offensive touchdown while managing 257 total yards against Utah.

 

DUCK DOMINANCE: Oregon has controlled the series with the Sun Devils, winning eight straight and 12 of the past 15 meetings, including seven straight in Tempe. The games have not exactly been close, either, with an average score of 47-21.

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Two ex-Oregon Ducks make NBA cut

 

Joseph Young will become the 20th former Oregon basketball player to reach the NBA when the Indiana Pacers open the season in Toronto this evening. Young, the Pac-12 player of the year for the Ducks as a senior, was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Pacers and is expected to be the back-up point guard for the team. “That was my roommate last year, so we talk often,” Oregon senior forward Elgin Cook said. “He’s excited and ready to play.”

Young joins Aaron Brooks as the ex-Ducks on NBA rosters to open the season. Brooks had six points and two rebounds in 16 minutes during Chicago’s 97-95 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. Brooks, a first-round pick of Houston in 2007, is beginning his eighth season in the NBA and second with the Bulls. He has averaged 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 480 career games.

Luke Ridnour is not in the NBA for the first time since being drafted in the first round by Seattle in 2003. Ridnour was traded four times in the offseason and has elected to sit out this season to spend more time with his family, although he has not officially announced his retirement. Ridnour has played in 830 career games, the most by any former Duck in the NBA. He has played for five teams including last year in Orlando. Ridnour has averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Former Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi has not broken into the NBA after being drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft by Washington. He was waived by Houston on Saturday. E.J. Singler was waived by Utah last week. Both Kazemi and Singler will likely play in the NBA Development League. Former Duck Tajuan Porter may also land in the D-League.

By Steve Mims 

 

 

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Senior Basketball Transfer Ennis Making His Voice Heard For Ducks

 

Dylan Ennis plays hard and talks fast, and makes apologies for neither. On Thursday, Oregon men’s basketball fans can get their first look at the Ducks’ new point guard. The team will conduct an open practice at 6 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena, the first act in a doubleheader that concludes with a watch party for the UO football game later that night at Arizona State. Admission and parking in the arena garage are free after 5:30 p.m, and concessions will be available.

Ennis, who began his college career with one season at Rice in 2011-12, played the last two years at Villanova before joining the Ducks this summer as a graduate transfer. He will be Oregon’s floor general both in deeds and words, opening the season as the team’s primary ballhandler and also its most vocal leader. “He’s been around for a long time,” said Elgin Cook, the Ducks’ most experienced veteran. “It’s his first year here, but he’s a vet. He’s very vocal, and we’re going to need that.”

Given Oregon’s youth at guard, Joseph Young often brought the ball up the court last season, despite his background as a shooting guard. Young also pushed himself to be a vocal presence in practices, which also didn’t come naturally. Ennis is more than happy to take on those roles for the Ducks this winter. He set a Rice freshman record with 144 assists four years ago, and averaged 3.5 per game for Villanova last season. He’s also made no bones about being a leader for Oregon, from the moment he arrived in Eugene. “You could do two things: You can come in and be passive, and try to blend in; or you could grab the horns,” Ennis said. “That’s what I did. I felt like, if they wanted the real me they’ve got to see it from the start.”

The Ducks aren’t exactly a rudderless ship in need of a captain entering this season, which begins with next Tuesday’s exhibition in MKA against Northwest Christian (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). Seven players returned from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, including five significant contributors. Cook is one of the two most prominent seniors, along with Dwayne Benjamin. Cook is something of the strong, silent type, oozing intensity. Benjamin plays with great emotion, but off the court he generally likes to keep things light. As figureheads, they’re lead-by-example types – though like Young last year, they’re pushing themselves to be more vocal.

Ennis needed no such push. “Dylan Ennis, he’s the mediator,” Benjamin said. “He just lets you know what’s on his mind. Elgin will do the same, and I will do the same; Dylan is just more prone to do it. … I would much rather him come in the way he did than try and change in-season.” UO coach Dana Altman acknowledged the potential risk of bringing in a one-year transfer who is so outspoken. When a bull bursts into a china shop, usually a few things get broken. But Altman has had immense success incorporating one-year transfers at Oregon, including Arsalan Kazemi, Mike Moser, Devoe Joseph and Olu Ashaolu. And Ennis also has credibility – he helped Villanova win Big East regular-season titles each of the last two years. The Wildcats finished this past season ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press top 25.

“It could (be a risk), if he didn’t work, or if he was a little arrogant or something,” Altman said. “But he’s not. He’s really down to earth. And he’s willing to admit when he makes mistakes. He works hard, he’s a good player and he’s won, so guys respect that – and he respects what these guys have done.” Indeed, for all of Villanova’s accolades last season, the Wildcats finished where Oregon did – with a loss in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova was a No. 1 seed into the tournament but was upset on the first weekend by North Carolina State, one day before the Ducks were eliminated by Wisconsin. Thus, both Ennis and his new teammates are chasing the same carrot entering 2015-16.

“When we lost the game against NC State last year, we were hungry to win it next year,” Ennis said. “Now, me coming here, I think they have the same hunger in wanting to advance as well.” Ennis doesn’t figure to be the only ballhandler for the Ducks this winter. Sophomore Casey Benson is back after sharing point guard duties last season, and freshman Kendall Small can play the point. Oregon’s offense also allows others the freedom to bring it up – if they have the chance, Cook, Benjamin, sophomore Dillon Brooks or freshman Tyler Dorsey easily could find himself handling the basketball in transition. But Ennis didn’t come to Oregon to play primarily off the ball. And he didn’t come with the idea of muzzling his big personality, which Cook jokingly calls a product of the 6-foot-2 transfer’s “little man syndrome.” “He’s loud, and he’s excited to play,” Cook said. “He’s going to compete. He plays hard, he’s a leader, and that’s what we need out there. He’s vocal, and I like it.”

By Rob Moseley

 




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