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Oregon State Basketball: Opponent Preview - Oregon Ducks (Game 26)

The Beavers regular season slate comes to a close against their arch foes.

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Oregon Ducks (18-5, 13-4)

  • Head Coach: Dana Altman (11th Season, Overall: 277–108)
  • Points For: 73.9 PPG (131st)
  • Points Against: 66.9 PPG (80th)
  • Last Game/Streak: 82-74 Win vs. UCLA (4W)

The Skinny

Oregon v Seton Hall
Oregon forward Eugene Omoruyi has become one of the Pac-12’s most underrated talents.
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  • Chris Duarte (17.7 PPG)
  • Eugene Omoruyi (16.9 PPG)
  • LJ Figueroa (11.9 PPG)
  • Eric Williams Jr. (10.5 PPG)
  • Will Richardson (10.0 PPG)
  • Chandler Lawson (4.5 PPG)
  • Amauri Hardy (4.0 PPG)
  • Franck Kepnang (2.3 PPG)

The final contest of the regular season for Oregon State will tip-off on Sunday night, as the Beavers host rival Oregon back at Gill Coliseum.

The conclusion will be a unique finale for a surprise team under head coach Wayne Tinkle, who despite the COVID-19 pandemic and all it’s effects on the game, have managed a solid 14-11 record and could actually be in the NCAA Tournament bubble conversation, if not for some early season stumbles to the likes of Wyoming and Portland.

But what’s done is done and the Beavers main focus now is the Ducks, who boast a stellar guard in Chris Duarte, a dynamic talent who might just be the most talented individual player in the whole conference. A former JUCO transfer, Duarte has mixed well alongside a slew of other players who began their college careers elsewhere, including interior talent Eugene Omoruyi, oversized guard LJ Figueroa and swingman Eric Williams.

Maybe the biggest catalyst for Oregon though is guard Will Richardson, who since returning to the line-up in early February has helped Dana Altman and company to a 9-2 overall record. The junior averages 10 points and 3 rebounds per game, but his ability to stretch opposing defenses and take pressure off Duarte will eventually be the difference in how far a team like Oregon finds themselves making it in March.

Either way, this is it. The finale. The Pac-12 Tournament is all there is after this and unless the Beavers have a great run up their sleeve - which they very well could considering they’re hitting their stride at the right moment - the window on their season is narrowing. Let’s hope the Beavers keep the train-a-rollin’ and the losses in the rearview for now.

Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, March 7th
  • Time: 5:00 PM PT
  • Location: Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Coverage: Fox Sports 1