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College basketball expert pick for Oregon vs. Washington on Thursday

The Ducks look to extend their three-game win streak when facing the struggling Huskies on the road.

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We have a Thursday night Pac-12 rivalry showdown in Seattle as the Oregon Ducks head north to Alaska Airlines Arena to battle the Washington Huskies. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET and the game will air on Pac-12 Network.

Oregon (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12) opened Pac-12 play by sweeping both Los Angeles schools last weekend, last taking down UCLA in a 64-59 victory on Saturday. This was a tight, one-point game in the final minute and the Ducks were able to get just enough breathing room with a Kwame Evans Jr. dunk followed by a pair of free throws from Jackson Shelstad.

Washington (8-5, 0-2 Pac-12) fans are understandably preoccupied with football team in the CFP title game at the moment. Otherwise, they’d be pulling their hair out over the basketball team dropping its first two conference games last weekend. After being edged by Colorado on Friday, the Huskies fell in a 95-90 sprint against Utah on Sunday, a game where they blew an 11-point halftime lead.

This is setting up to be a competitive contest as both of these teams matchup well against each other in KenPom metrics. Oregon has done a good job at taking care of the ball so far this year and will be going up against a Washington team that has struggled to create turnovers and limit offensive rebounds. The Huskies have a few stark advantages over the Ducks, collectively being a foot taller than the visitors and having the second-most experienced team across the board in the entire country.

What this game means for Oregon

Oregon has won three straight heading into this contest and would love to keep the momentum rolling with a victory over a rival. This is just the second true road game of the season for the Ducks and a win would give them their first Quad 1 victory of the year. That would mean a lot for a program that is trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament after missing it last year.

What this game means for Washington

Having dropped its first two conference games, Washington is already in a must-win situation. If they knock off the Ducks here, then the Huskies can begin building momentum going deeper into Pac-12 action. If they lose on Thursday, then the hole they’ve dug themselves will become even deeper.

Oregon vs. Washington odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Washington -4.5
Total: 154
Moneyline: Washington -192, Oregon +160

Pick: Washington ML