Preview & Prediction: By Blake Hofstad
Two teams from conferences that have been less than stellar this season face off late Monday night. The teams themselves have been largely disappointing. Oregon (2-1) fell to Oakland in a surprise thriller, while Alabama (1-1) succumbed to SEC-killer Mercer. The Ducks will utilize the same strategy that gained them an NCAA tournament bid last season: shoot the 3. They have the talent to shoot 60% from 3-point range on a good night. Then again, when they’re cold, they’re cold. Tajuan Porter exemplifies the Quack Attack offense. On some nights, he is the best shooter in the country. However, he’s prone to occasional slumps, and the Ducks usually all have their bad games on the same night. Even though newcomer Michael Dunigan provides some inside strength, it will still come down to whether the Ducks are stroking from long range.
The Tide are looking to build on a 41 point beatdown of Florida A&M. Ronald Steele looks back to his old, pre-injury self, pouring in 20 points a game. When healthy, he’s one of the best in the SEC. Richard Hendrix was a horse for Alabama last year, but JaMychal Green has played very well in Hendrix’s stead. Alabama is the more balanced team, but the loss to Mercer is troubling. This team will have to play much better in order to contend for an NCAA Tournament bid. An opponent that can really pile on the points is a tough matchup for Bama.
Winner: Oregon Margin: 6-10 Points
- Bracketology: Selection Sunday Projection
- Bracketology: Saturday Night NCAA Tournament Projection
- Non-BCS Top 25: Creighton, Colorado St Rise
- College Basketball Top 50: Indiana Ends Regular Season #1
- Non-BCS Top 25: Valpo Replaces BYU
- College Basketball Top 50: Maryland and Iowa St Drop Out
- Non-BCS Top 25: Davidson In, Wyoming Out
- College Basketball Top 50: #2 Gonzaga Hits All-Time High
- Non-BCS Top 25: Air Force, Davidson Making Moves
- College Basketball Top 50: Another Week, Another #1
About Blake Hofstad
An avid sports fan, you can nearly always find Blake Hofstad playing, watching, writing or just talking sports. His favorite team is the Wisconsin Badgers, and he is a huge Big Ten and Missouri Valley fan. The two things he hates about college basketball are Duke and the love Duke gets from most media members. You can find more of Blake's work on Onlinesportsfanatic.com.