Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - The 16th-ranked Oregon Ducks look to remain at
the top of the Pac-12 standings when the they host the upset-minded Washington
Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.
Washington is coming off its second straight loss after winning four straight
contests. The most recent setback was a 74-66 loss on the road against Oregon
State that pushed the Huskies to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Washington has been competitive on the road with a mark of 4-2 in away
contests, but will be back home for its next two games against No. 6 Arizona
and Arizona State.
Oregon has been one of the hottest teams in the country with wins in eight
straight contests after a 68-61 triumph over Washington State. The win has the
Ducks in sole possession of first place at 6-0, the first time that has
happened since the 1925-26 season. Oregon has been impossible to beat at
Matthew Knight Arena with a 13-0 ledger at home. That mark has extended the
Ducks' current home winning streak to 19 games, the third longest in program
history. Oregon hits the road next to face Stanford.
Last season these teams split the season series but Washington took home a
90-86 victory when they matched up in the Pac-12 Tournament. The victory was
the third in the last four meetings for the Huskies, who lead the all-time
Despite a 23-point effort from C.J. Wilcox, Washington was unable to hang with
Oregon State on Wednesday. The Huskies trailed by as many as 20 points in the
contest and never led in the loss.
Wilcox (19.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg) has led the Huskies on the offensive end this
season as the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12. The 6-foot-5 guard has
scored in double figures in all but one game this season and with his size,
has the ability to dominate against smaller backcourts. Flanking Wilcox on the
wings is Abdul Gaddy (11.3 ppg, 3.4 apg), who runs the point and 3-point
marksman Scott Suggs (12.1 ppg). In the frontcourt Aziz N'Diaye (10.7 ppg, 9.5
rpg) is a double-double threat, while providing solid defense in the paint.
Oregon rallied in the second half after trailing by 10 points at the break
against Washington State. The Ducks limited the Cougars to 27.3 percent
shooting in the final 20 minutes, while improving by nearly 10 percentage
Led by a balanced attack that features five players scoring in double figures,
the Ducks have been one of the best offensive squads in the Pac-12. Oregon is
ranked second in the league in scoring (75.9 ppg) and third in field-goal
percentage (.460). The Ducks have a +13.6 scoring margin by holding teams to
less than 40 percent shooting. Oregon controls the boards well as the league's
leading team on the glass (39.7 rpg). Damyean Dotson (11.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and
Dominic Artis (10.2 ppg, 3.8 apg) are the duo in the backcourt. E.J. Singler
(10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg) is a versatile forward that stretches the floor,
while Tony Woods (11.1 ppg), Arsalan Kazemi (8.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and Carlos
Emory (10.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg) provide plenty of depth in the paint.
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