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Vegas Play of the Day: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

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Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker reacts to the lights as he arrives at a news conference for the third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in Milwaukee. Wisconsin plays Oregon on Saturday.

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.

Oregon plus-6 against Wisconsin: $550 to win $500

There are a lot of games on the board that I sort of like, yet could easily see going the opposite way. That’s basically my NCAA Tournament in a nutshell, so I figured I may as well dance with the date I brought.

Oregon helped me win my biggest bet of our competition with an easy victory against BYU. It was my favorite play of the entire Round of 64, and turned out to be about the only one I actually got right. So although San Diego State laying only a few points, top-seeded Florida as a short favorite and Dayton getting eight against Syracuse all hold intrigue, I’ll stick with the Ducks.

Wisconsin more than doubled up American in its Round of 64 game, winning 75-35. That game probably added a point or two more to this spread than it should be, which is why I like the value of Oregon getting six.

Personally, I think the Ducks could win today, but more importantly they’re good enough and playing well enough lately to keep this close. Both teams feature very efficient offenses, and we could be in for a shootout. Although that’s not always helpful in keeping a game close, I like the fact that this will likely be played at Oregon’s pace.

Standings: Bern (16-10, $11,440), Keefer (12-12, $9,297), Brewer (8-13-3, $6,450)

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

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