Oregon women’s basketball team is the second seed in the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, it will host the 15th seed Portland State to open the tournament. For the game, a bookie favors Oregon 28.5 points over the Vikings.
It is the sixth biggest point spread for a first-round game in this year’s women’s NCAA Tournament. Number 1 seeds Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Louisville, and Baylor, Number 2 seed UConn got bigger point spreads this season.
It is the second straight season the Ducks got the number 2 seed in the West Region. In addition, it will host the first two rounds at the Matthew Knight Arena. Sports news reporters will focus on their first-round match against Portland State on Friday. If they win, they will face either 7th seed Texas or 10th seed Indiana in the next round.
Bookie Favors Oregon in Opening Round
Bookie favors Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16. If that is the case, they will play in Portland against Mississippi State, the top seed in West Region. If they win, online bookie software predicts their possible Elite Eight opponent to be Syracuse. The Ducks won over the two teams during nonconference matches this year.
Last year, the Ducks made it up to the Elite Eight. In fact, it was their second straight Elite Eight appearance. However, they lost to Notre Dame. Eventually, Notre Dame won last year’s tournament.
Overall, Oregon has an 11-14 record in the NCAA Tournament. Also, it is their third straight NCAA tournament appearance under coach Kelly Graves. Pay per head operators are already accepting bets for Friday’s game.
This season, The Ducks are the Pac-12 regular season champions. However, they lost the Pac-12 tournament title to Stanford. There are six Pac-12 teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament, including UCLA, California, Oregon State, and Arizona State.
On the other hand, Portland State is this year’s Big Sky tournament champion. As a result, they got an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. It is only the second appearance for the Vikings in the tournament.