Oregon Ducks (9-2, 4-1)
- Head Coach: Dana Altman (11th Season, Overall: 268–105)
- Points For: 77.1 PPG (90th)
- Points Against: 65.8 PPG (70th)
- Last Game/Streak: 79-73 Win at Utah (1W)
- Chris Duarte (18.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
- Eugene Omoruyi (16.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
- Eric Williams Jr. (12.4 PPG, 6.5 RPG)
- LJ Figueroa (10.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG)
- Amauri Hardy (5.5 PPG, 4.2 APG)
- Chandler Lawson (5.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG)
- Aaron Estrada (3.0 PPG, 2.2 RPG)
- Jalen Terry (3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG)
And so they meet again.
The Beavers and Ducks will take the court against one another for the 355th time on Saturday, in the most played college basketball rivalry ever, with Oregon State heading into the contest holding a 190-164 series lead. However, none of those past wins factor much into the equation when it’s Orange vs. Green, Benny vs. Puddles or whatever other fun moniker you want to use.
Once the two teams hit the floor, it’s forty minutes between the lines for all the state’s bragging rights.
The good news for the Beavers heading into this contest is that they ride a two-game winning streak, which despite coming by only a combined three points, saw them pull off victories against Arizona State and USC.
If the Sun Devils victory wasn’t enough of a shocker, the win over the Trojans, who were surging towards the top of the Pac-12 before the game, really might’ve given this Beavers group some belief that they can compete with much better teams through stretches of games when they take care of the ball and stay sound defensively.
Usually, I have absolutely no optimism heading into games against Oregon and while the Ducks are once again looking like one of the best teams on the west coast, the stars may just be aligned correctly for Oregon State to get the job done. The Beavers have historically played well against the Ducks under Wayne Tinkle, but this Oregon group can really score the ball with ease when the game becomes a track meet.
Oregon State will want to keep this one mostly operated in the half-court and try to keep the game as disjointed as possible until the final minutes. But then again, maybe this is a new Beavers team we’re discussing all together and nothing should be counted against them right now.
- Date: Saturday, January 23rd
- Time: 7:30 PM PT
- Location: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Oregon)
- Coverage: Pac-12 Networks