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West Coast college basketball betting fans can tune into a pair of matchups in the Pac-12 as part of Thursday’s late-night schedule of games.

The top showdown pits the No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes on the road against the No. 17 Oregon Ducks. Later Thursday night, the Arizona Wildcats head on the road to square off against the California Golden Bears.

No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes at No. 17 Oregon Ducks
(ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Oregon -4.5, Total 139
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Odds subject to change

Betting Matchup

As just one of two nationally ranked teams in the Pac-12, the Buffaloes (8-3 straight-up) can open up some breathing room ahead of the Ducks (7-4 SU) in the current standings. They already won the first meeting at home on Jan.2 with a 74-65 victory as slight 1 ½-point favorites. Colorado (19-5 SU) has won its last three games SU with Saturday’s 81-74 home win against Stanford. It slipped to 1-3 against the spread in its last four games after closing as an 8 ½-point favorite.

The total has gone OVER in four of the last five contests. McKinley Wright IV’s 21 total points helped the Buffaloes overcome a 16-point deficit in that recent win against Stanford.

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Oregon is also one game behind Colorado in total wins at 18-6 SU (13-11 ATS). It dropped its last two games (SU and ATS) in road losses to Stanford and Oregon State as a favorite. The Ducks are 2-7 ATS over their last nine games with the total staying UNDER in four of their last seven outings.

Senior guard Payton Pritchard leads Oregon in scoring with 19.5 points per game. He put up 16 points in each of his last two starts. The team scored a combined 113 points in those two losses.

Betting Trends

-- The Buffaloes are 3-6 both SU and ATS in their last nine road games with the total staying UNDER in seven of those games.

-- The Ducks have gone a perfect 12-0 SU this season at home with a 7-5 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in eight or their last nine home games.

-- With the earlier win this season, Colorado has the slight 3-2 series edge SU and ATS in the last five meetings. The series is tied 5-5 SU and ATS over the last 10 games between the two. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six meetings.

Arizona Wildcats at California Golden Bears
(FOX Sports 1, 10:30 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Arizona -9.5, Total 131
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Odds subject to change

Betting Matchup

Arizona came up well short in Saturday’s 65-52 loss at home to UCLA as a heavy 12 ½-point favorite. This is part of a SU record of 6-4 that is actually third in the conference. The Wildcats (16-7 SU, 12-11 ATS) are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS over their last five games with the total staying UNDER in three of those five outings.

Arizona has been able to average 78.8 points a game with three players scoring at least 12 PPG. That average has dropped to 68.6 points over the last five games.

Cal is further down the Pac-12 standings at 4-6 SU with a record of 10-13 (SU and ATS) overall. It has lost three of its last four games with Sunday’s 60-45 romp at the hands of Utah as an 8 ½-point road underdog. This was the first time the Golden Bears failed to cover in their last five games. The total stayed UNDER 131 points after going OVER in their previous three outings.

With just 62.7 PPG, Cal is scoring five points less that it is giving up. Sophomore guard Matt Bradley has been the high point of the season with 17.6 PPG.

Betting Trends

-- The Wildcats have lost four of six road games this season SU with a 3-3 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games on the road.

-- The Golden Bears are 4-1 SU with a perfect 5-0 record ATS in their last five games at home. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in seven of their last nine home games.

-- Arizona has won nine of its last 10 games against Cal with a 6-4 edge ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five matchups.

  
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