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Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona State at Oregon

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UNLV guard Kendall Smith drives against Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski during their game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack. Arizona State won the game 86-80.

Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

Arizona State plus-six at Oregon: $550 to win $500

Oregon was one of the most underachieving teams in the country earlier this year, losing five in a row and eight out of 10. The Ducks are still in the bottom half of the Pac-12 but a five-game winning streak has them poised to move into the upper half if they can get past Arizona State.

And I think they will. Oregon’s winning streak is mostly against the other bottom teams in the league, with UCLA the exception, but I think the confidence has helped fix some of their problems. Besides, half of the Ducks’ eight conference losses were by exactly two points.

One of those was at Arizona State, where Jordan Bachynski blocked the Ducks’ last-second attempt to tie the game. Oregon has payback on its mind and the ability to win, but I don’t think it’s going to be able to blow out the Sun Devils.

Bachynski leads the nation in blocks and creates all kinds of problems for opposing big men and guards. Oregon will settle for a lot of jump shots, which isn’t the Ducks’ strength.

Oregon will make enough plays down the stretch for the win but Arizona State is going to hang close.

Standings: Bern (14-7, $11,790), Keefer (7-9, $8,897), Brewer (5-11-3, $6,360)

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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